Nussecken , classic German baking

German nut corners ( Nussecken):

Do you love nuts ? Any kind of nuts ? Then you are absolutely right with this recipe .These nut corners not only taste great for a coffee snack ,they are also perfect as cookies for the Christmas season! The best thing about the nut corners is they can be made ahead and keep fresh for weeks . I always make a big batch to share my family and friends. They make a great edible gift.

You can make nut corners in many different sizes or even in many shapes . You can cut them into mini ones or into large ones . This pastry is sold in many German bakeries but it is so easy to make at home .

Recipe for German chocolate dipped hazelnuts nut corners ,or Nussecken. It’s made with ingredients such as flour ,eggs , butter , sugar ,vanilla , jam , chocolate and etc .

To Make Nussecken :


For the dough:

300 g of flour

100 g sugar

200 g butter

1 egg

For the nut topping:

150 g sugar

150 g butter

3 Tablespoons water or rum

150 g chopped walnuts

150 g grated walnuts

Jam (variety according to taste)

Chocolate icing

Preparation Nussecken:

Knead a firm shortcrust pastry from the ingredients and place in the fridge to rest .(in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment , combine flour ,baking powder and salt .then add sugar ,vanilla extract, eggs ,and butter . Mix until combined . Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the greased sheet . Pierce the dough several times with a fork )

Bring butter ,sugar and water or rum to a boil for the nut topping.

Take the plate ,stir in the nuts and let the mixture cool .

Roll out the shortcrust pastry ,place on a sheet of baking paper and spread the jam over the dough and brush the nut topping over it and bake for 20 minutes at 180° C ( top and bottom heat )

Melt the chocolate and dip the tips into the chocolate. Transfer to a cooling rack and let chocolate set then store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Important tip : cut the nut corners still lukewarm horizontally ,vertically and transversely .

You can make your own hazelnuts meal by processing whole hazelnuts in a food processor until they’re finely ground.

Dip the corners of the chilled nut corners in chocolate icing.


Buttery spritz cookies:


1 cup butter ,softened

1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Glaze :

1 cup confectioners sugar

2 to 3 Tablespoons water

Colored sugar and sprinkles


Preheat oven to 375 °. In a large bowl ,cream butter , sugar and salt until light and fluffy . Beat in egg and extracts . Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture.

Using a cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice ,press dough 2 in apart onto ungreased baking sheets . Bake until set ,6-8 minutes (do not brown) . Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl,mix sugar and enough water to reach desired consistency. Dip cookies in glaze ; decorate as desired. Let stand until set .

Tips :

Melted chocolate candy coating may be used in place of confectioners sugar glaze ;dip and decorate as directed .

If the dough is sticky ,chill it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before loading it into the press .

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