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Hamburg Brown Biscuits for 3rd Advent

December 12th, 2017 | bread & pastries

The advent dream of my childhood: the original Hamburg Brown Biscuits. In my grandma’s recipe book in grain and lot, today it is more feasible in grams and teaspoons – my favourite pastries for Christmas! The photo is some years old. Then, our children stamped names on the cookies – a nice idea as a small Christmas gift.

Hamburg Brown Biscuits for 3rd Advent

Hamburg Brown Biscuits

(yields about 60 pieces)

125 g sugar beet molasses
125 g sugar
125 g butter
heat the syrup with the sugar until the sugar has dissolved, add the butter gradually, stir
275 g flour
1 ts backing soda
sieve flour and baking soda on top of the cooled molasses mixture
2 ts cinnamon
1 ts gingerbread spice
1/2 ts grated lemon peel
1/2 ts grated orange peel
add all spices, knead, if the dough should be too firm, add some water
roll out the dough thinly and cut out any forms
bake 7-9 minutes at 200 ° C


My favourite gingerbread spice is „Klingenberger Lebkuchengewürz“ manufactured by „Altes Gewürzamt“ in Klingenberg/Germany. I am definitely fond of their spices. The gingerbread spice is well-balanced and besides Christmas pastries I use it to season meat dishes with it as for example a wild boar goulash or roast beef – delicous!

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