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These delightful dry French Christmas cookies comes in a variety of shapes and tastes. You can be sure they will be a hit among your guests.

Traditionally they are prepared a few weeks before Christmas. This fun family activity will delight everyone during the long cold autumn week ends.

They are originally from the eastern parts of France, in Alsace they are called Bredele. There is a big variation of these cookies though every family have there own preferences.

Here below you can find a few recipes of these Christmas treats.

Happy cooking !


Vanilla snowball bredele
4
7 Reviews.
These are small Alsatian Christmas cookies with a chewy inside and a slightly crispy outside. They taste vanilla and almond and resemble small snowballs in the shape and color. You can prepare them a month before Christmas, keep them in a thin box covered with baking paper and they will still taste newly baked.
Origin: France
4
7 Reviews.
These are small Alsatian Christmas cookies with a chewy inside and a slightly crispy outside. They taste vanilla and almond and resemble small snowballs in the shape and color. You can prepare them a month before Christmas, keep them in a thin box covered with baking paper and they will still taste newly baked.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:05 - Cooking : 00:15
Santa Claus bredele
5
4 Reviews.
Homemade French Christmas cookies shaped as the face of Santa Claus. Fun to make together with the children but it requires some patients for the decorations. But in the end, it is all worth it when you see the smile of the children and adults when you finally serve them.
Origin: France
5
4 Reviews.
Homemade French Christmas cookies shaped as the face of Santa Claus. Fun to make together with the children but it requires some patients for the decorations. But in the end, it is all worth it when you see the smile of the children and adults when you finally serve them.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 01:00 - Cooking : 00:15
This is a homemade recipe of one of the traditional Alsatian Christmas cookies bredele. It is a hard cookie with taste of cinnamon and covered with a meringue frosting. The Bredele cookies comes in many different flavors and shapes such as hearts, stars, moons or Christmas trees and etc.
Origin: France
5
6 Reviews.
This is a homemade recipe of one of the traditional Alsatian Christmas cookies bredele. It is a hard cookie with taste of cinnamon and covered with a meringue frosting. The Bredele cookies comes in many different flavors and shapes such as hearts, stars, moons or Christmas trees and etc.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 01:00 - Cooking : 00:05
Vanilla and chocolate bredele
5
3 Reviews.
These homemade Alsatian Christmas cookies are fun to make with the kids. Everyone can make the cookies in the size and shape they prefer. To make them even more different from each other you can use more than one sort of chocolate to dip them in.
Origin: France
5
3 Reviews.
These homemade Alsatian Christmas cookies are fun to make with the kids. Everyone can make the cookies in the size and shape they prefer. To make them even more different from each other you can use more than one sort of chocolate to dip them in.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:40 - Cooking : 00:15
Saffron bredele
4
4 Reviews.
Small delicious saffron bredele ”Alsatian Christmas cookies” shaped as balls, that are a bit chewy in the center. Goes very quick to prepare and the best part is that you can keep them for weeks. Perfect to serve for advent when you lit the candles.
Origin: France
4
4 Reviews.
Small delicious saffron bredele ”Alsatian Christmas cookies” shaped as balls, that are a bit chewy in the center. Goes very quick to prepare and the best part is that you can keep them for weeks. Perfect to serve for advent when you lit the candles.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:05 - Cooking : 00:15
Bredele- Alsatian Christmas cookies can be found in many variations of both the shape and taste. Most of them are made with baking powder, egg, flour and sugar as a base. Even though this version it is made with both coconut and chocolate it is not too sweet.
Origin: France
4
6 Reviews.
Bredele- Alsatian Christmas cookies can be found in many variations of both the shape and taste. Most of them are made with baking powder, egg, flour and sugar as a base. Even though this version it is made with both coconut and chocolate it is not too sweet.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:30 - Cooking : 00:20
Bredele mini linzer
4
3 Reviews.
Christmas cookies from Alsace in France filled with raspberry jam. These linzer cookies are mini versions of the big linzertorte, as you use the same ingredients for both. The cookies have a sweet raspberry jam in between the thin and tender cookies.
Origin: France
4
3 Reviews.
Christmas cookies from Alsace in France filled with raspberry jam. These linzer cookies are mini versions of the big linzertorte, as you use the same ingredients for both. The cookies have a sweet raspberry jam in between the thin and tender cookies.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 01:00 - Cooking : 00:20
Bredele with Pumpkinseeds
5
5 Reviews.
This version of the Christmas cookies bredele is a bit different than the most common ones that you will find in the region Alsace in France during Christmas time. Every family have their own tradition of which cookies are to be consider as classical for them. These pumpkinseed cookies can be made six to eight weeks before Christmas. This way they can be kept in a tin box, to let them get the right consistence before they will be eaten.
Origin: France
5
5 Reviews.
This version of the Christmas cookies bredele is a bit different than the most common ones that you will find in the region Alsace in France during Christmas time. Every family have their own tradition of which cookies are to be consider as classical for them. These pumpkinseed cookies can be made six to eight weeks before Christmas. This way they can be kept in a tin box, to let them get the right consistence before they will be eaten.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:50 - Cooking : 00:40
Cinnamon snowball bredele
5
3 Reviews.
Homemade small cinnamon French Christmas cookies from the region Alsace. Slightly soft cookies with a chewy inside. These cookies are made according to the vanilla snowball bredele recipe, but I added cinnamon powder. To get different flavors you can change the cinnamon powder to gingerbread spices, cardamom and so on. Good luck and happy baking.
Origin: France
5
3 Reviews.
Homemade small cinnamon French Christmas cookies from the region Alsace. Slightly soft cookies with a chewy inside. These cookies are made according to the vanilla snowball bredele recipe, but I added cinnamon powder. To get different flavors you can change the cinnamon powder to gingerbread spices, cardamom and so on. Good luck and happy baking.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:05 - Cooking : 00:15
Bredele hazelnuts petals
5
2 Reviews.
The Christmas cookies called bredele are small and sweet delicacies from the region Alsace in France. They are small dry cookies and every cookie sort has its own special taste. You can find hundreds of different sorts of bredeles and new sorts are produced each year. This particular bredele has a taste of hazelnuts, almond, citron and clove.
Origin: France
5
2 Reviews.
The Christmas cookies called bredele are small and sweet delicacies from the region Alsace in France. They are small dry cookies and every cookie sort has its own special taste. You can find hundreds of different sorts of bredeles and new sorts are produced each year. This particular bredele has a taste of hazelnuts, almond, citron and clove.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:25 - Cooking : 00:15
Coffee bredele
5
2 Reviews.
These small Alsatian bredele makes a nice addition to your Christmas cookie jar. There are many different bredele so it is tricky to find just one favorite, but maybe these small coffee cookies will become your new favorite. You can bake them a few weeks before and keep them in a thin box with a baking paper until it's time to serve them.
Origin: France
5
2 Reviews.
These small Alsatian bredele makes a nice addition to your Christmas cookie jar. There are many different bredele so it is tricky to find just one favorite, but maybe these small coffee cookies will become your new favorite. You can bake them a few weeks before and keep them in a thin box with a baking paper until it's time to serve them.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:15
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