Preparing stamped cookies is so easy and fun at the same time! I used the cookie stamps with the Albertle cookies from South Germany, Bavaria.
The Albertle are Christmas cookies which are defined by spices and a design on the cookies surface. I tend to use the same recipe all year round too with different cookies stamps.
Learn how to make stamped cookies & the Albertle cookie dough further below in the step by step recipe instructions with pictures.
Albertle cookies are a common sight in most homes in Bavaria. In Austria they can be seen in certain places, however they are not part of the traditional cookie making process during the Advent time.
These delicious stamped cookies are quick, easy and fun to prepare, especially with kids. That’s why the popularity is rising constantly for the humble Albertle cookie.
The origin of the name “Albertle” is kind of an open question mark. I checked around online and asked some people from around Augsburg city, nobody had a clue how that cookie was given the name Albertle
Hope remains! Maybe a reader might turn up, who can contribute with a story around the Albertle cookie.
How to stamp cookies?
The cookies itself is made with some common ingredients including all purpose flour, corn flour, egg, sugar and baking powder. I like to add vanilla bean seeds, some cardamom and cinnamon powder to give the stamped cookies the extra edge.
Long a trend in the US & Canada, stamped cookies have caught up in Europe, Asia and the rest of the world, thanks to popular shops and discounters selling those cookie stamp sets.
Preparing stamped cookies can be so much fun, even for grown ups!
They are easy to prepare and you can’t mess anything up. I mean, just cut out and stamp the cookies and you have THE perfect looking cookie, which makes great gift material.
Cookie Stamps – Ideas to decorate your cookies!
These are a few suggestions how you could decorate your stamped cookies. pick your favorite stamp set and gift these gorgeous cookies to your family, friends and neighbors!
Stamped Cookies – Albertle German cookies Recipe below:
- 250 grams or 8.8 oz or 1 cup Butter (you can use Margarine too to make this recipe Vegan)
- 1 big Egg
- pinch Salt
- 125 grams or 4.4 oz or ⅔ cups Sugar
- ½ Teaspoon Baking powder
- scratched out black paste of a Vanilla bean or ~1/8 Teaspoon concentrated Vanilla bean seed paste or a few drops Vanilla Essence
- optional: 1 Teaspoon green Cardamom powder
- optional: 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon powder
- 300 grams or 10.6 oz or 2½ cups All-purpose Flour
- 70 grams or 2.5 oz or ½ cup Corn starch
- In a mixing bowl beat the butter (or margarine), egg, salt and sugar fluffy. Then add in the remaining ingredients baking powder, vanilla bean black seed paste (or Vanilla Essence), cardamom powder, cinnamon powder, all purpose flour and corn starch, Mix everything well and turn into a smooth dough. Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes in the fridge, the dough needs to be cold so it will be easier to roll out and cut out the cookies.
- Before rolling out the dough, preheat the oven to 180 Celsius/356 Fahrenheit.
- Add enough flour to your working space so nothing sticks and roll out the dough to about a 3-4 mm/0.15 inch thickness. Then use your cookie cutter/stamp to cut and stamp all your cookies. Repeat rolling out and cookie cutting process until you used up all the dough.
- Prepare your baking tray by placing baking paper/parchment on it. Then place the dusted cut out cookies on the paper. Make sure to keep at least 2 cm or about an inch space between each cookie. Bake for about 10 minutes at 180 Celsius/356 Fahrenheit almost golden brown. Make sure the cookies don't burn on or under cook, in case adjust the temperature of your oven by +-1-2 minutes.
- Prepare a cookie box with some parchment and store the cookies in there.
The time before Christmas is known as Advent time. This is the period of the year where we make as many different cookie types as possible. At the end most homes get around making 10 different cookie flavors from scratch.
Common cookie variations and flavors in my house include 🍪
- Vanillekipferl – Vanilla Crescent cookies
- Lebkuchen – Classic Gingerbread cookies
- Cinnamon stars
- Elisenlebkuchen – Nürnberg style Gingerbread cookies
- Kokosbusserl – Coconut Macaroon
- Linzeraugen – Linzer cookies
- Bethmännchen – Marzipan based cookies
- Meringue cookies
- Spritz cookies
- Vodka cookies
Making cookies during Christmas from scratch is a fun activity! The cookies I pick are easy to recreate and they will cover your cookie needs this Christmas.
It is a tradition to gift a box full of homemade cookies to neighbors and friends. It helps in keeping the community together and the best way to unite people is with food made with all your heart.
Dear Reader, which stamp design would you like to use to make these cookies?