Christmas cookies are a game with shapes and colors, a wonderful thing that aims to underline the beautiful Christmas season full of peace, happiness and well-being.
However, not every member of the family can properly appreciate your hours spent at the wall and the stove, because sweets are not an attraction for them.
We’ve got some great savory Christmas cookie ideas that are sure to be enjoyed by everyone this holiday season.
The advantage is that this savory pastry also goes well with wine.
Christmas grape braids
- 750 g plain flour
- 1 baking powder
- 200 ml of oil
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 dcl of white wine
- Preheat the oven to 200 °C.
- Prepare a dry mixture of flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
- In another container, whisk the wine together with the oil, one egg and one yolk.
- We keep the second egg white aside for brushing the salted wine candy.
- We pour the resulting oil mixture into the dry mixture and, at first with a wooden spoon, then with the help of our hands, knead a pliable dough.
- We then divide the dough into thirds.
- Roll out the first part of the separated dough into a thin long strip 10 cm wide.
- We will cut the edges of the belt so that they are straight, which will then create a large regular rectangle.
- Then, using a knife or a cutting wheel, cut this rectangle of dough into strips about 10 mm wide.
- We will get thin strips measuring 10mm x 10cm. We will then use these to weave braids.
- We take three strips and press their ends together with a finger and knit braids.
- We repeat points 7 – 11 for the other two thirds of the dough, which we have aside.
- Place the braids on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
- Brush the wine Christmas cookies with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sea salt, which will give the cookies a snowy tinge.
- Bake the wine cookies for 20-22 minutes until golden brown.
Glued cheese and cracker cookies
- 150 g plain flour
- 100 grams of ground crackers
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 120 g of butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 250 g horseradish cream cheese
- Fresh dill
- Mix ground crackers with flour and salt in a bowl.
- Add softened butter and egg yolk.
- With the help of manual kneading, we create a soft dough, which we divide into two parts.
- Wrap each part of the dough in cling film and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- We roll the dough into a sheet approximately 3 – 5 mm thin and with the help of cutters with Christmas motifs we make circles, stars and other popular shapes. At least half of the cut-out shapes must not have a cut-out center, as they will still be smeared with cream cheese.
- Spread the cut crackers on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake at 200 °C for approximately 15-20 minutes.
- Chop the dill finely. We keep a small amount of dill aside for the final sprinkling of the glued candy, mix the rest with the horseradish cream cheese.
- Put the spread in a filling bag and dose it onto half of the cookies without the cut-out center. We then glue this together with another baked Christmas shape.
- Before serving, we can sprinkle fresh dill on the glued Christmas cookies.
Christmas cookies with olives and parmesan cheese
- 100 g plain flour
- 1 egg
- 100 g of soft butter
- 150 g Parmesan cheese
- 6 black olives
- 1 pinch of salt
- a mixture of Italian herbs or dried oregano, basil and rosemary
- Preheat the oven to 200°C
- Cut the olives into small pieces.
- Put flour, parmesan cheese, salt, olives, soft butter, herbs, egg yolk in a bowl and knead the dough until smooth.
- Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to a thickness of approximately ½ cm.
- With the help of cookie cutters in the shape of a tree, we create cookies, which we then place on a baking sheet with baking paper.
- Bake the salty cookies with the nive for about 10 minutes until they are golden yellow.
- This salty cheese cookie with parmesan cheese can be served both warm and cold.
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Cheese balls with cranberries
- 150 g sheep’s cheese
- 150 g of cream cheese
- 150 g of cheddar
- 50 g of niva
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon of dried garlic
- pinch of salt
- grinded pepper
- 350 g of dried, finely chopped cranberries
- Sprigs of fresh rosemary
- Grate the cheddar and Niva and mix together with the other types of cheese in a bowl.
- Add Worcestershire sauce, dried garlic and season with salt and pepper.
- We form balls from the resulting mixture, which we leave to harden in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
- Wrap the hardened cheese balls in dried, finely chopped cranberries.
- Decorate the unbaked salty Christmas cookies with sprigs of rosemary, which we cut to a length of approximately 5-7 cm.
Salty Christmas cookies
- 125 g plain flour
- 1 egg
- 50 g of butter
- pinch of salt
- We prepare the dough for Christmas cookies by mixing flour, eggs, butter, pepper and salt.
- Knead and then roll out to a thickness of 0.3-0.5 cm.
- To create cookies, we will use not only cookie cutters with Christmas motifs, but also molds that shape the cut-out shape so that the cookies can be nicely filled after baking.
- Bake the salty Christmas cookies for 15-20 minutes and let them cool.
- Then store and always decorate according to taste before serving.
4 tips for decorating salty cookies
- Mix cream cheese with fresh chopped herbs, e.g. basil. We always put a teaspoon of spread on one part of the baked cookies and decorate with a caramelized walnut, another with smoked salmon and another with a teaspoon of paprika cream. Decorate the salty cookies with cheese and paprika cream with sesame seeds.
- As a second variant of the spread, we can prepare niva foam from niva, cranberries, butter and salt. Decorate the spread salted cookies with nivva similarly as in point 1.
- Pour a teaspoon of pâté onto the hollow candy and then decorate with whole grain mustard, caramelized nuts, or caramelized red onion.
- A variant with homemade liver cream with mulled wine is suitable for glued sweets. Prepare the cream by frying 3 finely chopped shallots and 400 g of chicken liver in 250 g of butter and gingerbread spice. We then mix everything, fill into glasses and pour mulled wine mixed with gelatin into the glasses. We glue the salty sweets with liver cream, with the fact that the resulting central holes can be filled with gelatin from mulled wine.
In order for savory pastries to really resemble Christmas, you need to bet on Christmas molds, cookie cutters and colors such as white, green, red and brown. And if we stick to this principle, we can then experiment completely freely with the ingredients.
If you feel that cookie cutters do not have enough use in your home during Christmas, watch the following video, which advises how to use cookie cutters to make original Christmas decorations after you finish baking Christmas cookies.
And finally, if no one in your family has a sweet tooth and you’re just here to expand your collection of Christmas cookie recipes, you’ll surely appreciate these other 25 tips from the Christmas Confectionery series.