Friday, December 26, 2014

FFWD ~ Our Dorista Happy Holidays Recipe Exchange ~ Bethmannchen

FFWD ~ Happy Holidays Recipe Exchange ~~ Bethmannchen
Happy Holidays everyone! This week for our French Fridays post, we shook things up a bit! We were asked to blog about a recipe from our Christmas card/recipe exchange.  Everyone who chose to participate in the card exchange, was also asked to send an optional recipe. One of their holiday favorites! It could be a favorite cookie, cocktail or other holiday/family favorite! Each time the mail was delivered, I felt like I was getting a little Christmas gift! Picking one to make, was not an easy decision!  I received some wonderful recipes from my Dorista friends around the world.  

These were such a nice cookie to enjoy during the holidays!
Even though my plan is to eventually try all of them…today I chose to make Bethtmannchen, a traditional German almond cookie from my friend  Gaye @Laws of the Kitchen.  Gaye blogs from Australia. The cookie is named for a well known Frankfurt family and each of the almonds on top represents one of their sons.
This cookie was quite easy and delicious! I will definitely be adding this delightful cookie to my repetoire of Christmas cookies! Thank you Gaye for a lovely new treat, and Happy New Year!!
To see what holiday recipes the other FFwD members are sharing, pop over and check the LYL post on the French Fridays with Dorie website.
Waiting to bake
Just out of the oven
Wishing everyone a Very Happy New Year! And special wishes for all my Dorista friends!
 Doristas last year in Seattle…Karen, Liz, Betsy, Michelle, Trevor, Adriana and Cher…..Patty, Alice, and me!
Alice(our social director), Moi, Mary and Liz
Michelle, Cher, Guyla, Adriana and Alice…and next spring I hope to meet Gaye in NYC! Anyone else in?


125g Confectioners sugar (Powdered sugar)
1 egg white
200g almond meal
1 teaspoon cornflour (corn starch)
1 egg yolk
4 teaspoons water
50 g blanched almonds
a little milk for brushing

Line a baking sheet with parchment. 

Sift the confectioners sugar into a bowl.  Add the almond meal and cornstarch and stir to combine.

In another bowl, beat the egg white until stiff peaks form.  Add the icing sugar mixture to the egg whites, and mix briefly with the mixer.

Pinch off walnut sized pieces from the mixture and roll into balls.  Place each ball onto the baking sheet and press three blanched almonds into each ball, point facing upwards.  Brush each cookie with egg wash made of egg yolk and water. Leave the balls to dry overnight.  

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Brush each cookie with milk, and place the baking sheet in the centre of the oven to bake the cookies for approximately 15 minutes.  Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

I did not have whole blanched almonds in my pantry, so I used blanched slivers. I thought they worked well.


  1. Happy holidays Kathy! Glad you liked these cookies - they look so cute and are tasty.

  2. Ooh, let me know the dates ASAP. I'd love to join you ladies.

    I had never heard about these cookies before. Our recipe exchange has been so educative!

  3. These cookies look amazing!!! Wonderful choice. And I love looking back at the photos from the IFBC--it was so much fun!

  4. Those cookies look great and I love all the photos you all are sharing from the conference! Hope your holidays were/are fantastic, Kathy!

  5. These look bakery-perfect, Kathy! I hope you & Bill have an incredible New Year! xoxo

  6. It is so hard to choose which recipe to make first but I hope to make them all. The almond cookies
    turned out lovely and look so delicious. Jim and I wish you both a Happy New Year and I am looking forward to cooking and baking with you next year.

  7. I love this pic where are you and Lizzy! Lovely!
    These cookies look absolutely delicious!

  8. Gaye's cookies were in my list of finalists, along with your raspberry tarts. These cookies look amazing, so I hope to make them soon, though I think I'll be making your mini tarts first. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that 2015 is filled with special and delicious surprises for you. Let me know when Gaye will be in NY. I'd love to meet her.

  9. Merry Christmas, Kathy!
    Those cookies caught my eye. And if there is a NYC meetup with Gaye, I would love to join in.

  10. Happy Holidays to you and yours, Kathy!
    I love Bethmannchen! These look so pretty and delicious.

  11. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Kathy, and have a very happy New Year! Gaye's card was one of the first I received and I'd not heard of these cookies before. Yours turned out beautifully! They seem perfect for a holiday tray.

  12. These look wonderful, and I love anything almond! I suppose they don't have to be made only at Christmastime!

  13. They look lovely and very festive Kathy! I wish to you a very Happy New Year!

  14. These cookies look so delightful! I am so happy you made them, and that you enjoyed them so much.
    Who knows what the schedule will be, but let me know when you're getting together. I am sorry I have missed out on the get-togethers!

    Happy New Year!

  15. I look forward to trying all the recipes I received from the recipe exchange! I am so glad I participated in the card exchange this year - it was so much fun going to my mailbox every day.