These Ischeler Tortelettes are a chocolate covered almond shortbread with apricot filling! The chocolate and apricot pair beautifully together! Another vintage Christmas Cookie in my collection, this one is Austrian.
Another cookie Mom and I have been making for eons are Ischeler Tortelettes. I literally have to threaten my teenagers with a swift death, if they steal any out of the freezer! There is a really goo reason for that! Read on!
I recall one year when my eldest son was in high school, I made a triple batch. Now keep in mind this took 12-15 hours to accomplish such a feat. I was running out of freezer space and being that it was very cold that year, I was using the front porch for added freezer space! On Christmas Eve I was making cookie plates for friends and family. I grabbed the cookie tin marked Ischelers and it was amazingly light! I think he probably left 5 in a tin that had once held about 50. That’s one small indication of just how addictive these cookies are! (Lucky for him I had another tin!)
The recipe we have is from a magazine recipe cutout from 1961. They are my favorite, along with both sons, my sister, one sister in law… Hence the reason we have to do the minimum of 4 different kinds! Everyone has a different favorite! Jam Filled Cookies, Christmas Cut Out Cookies and Hildabrötchen are the other 3. They are by no means difficult but they do take quite a while to make. For a single batch, about 4-5 hours depending on how big your cutter is.
What are your favorite Christmas, or holiday cookies? I hope you enjoyed the post today for these delicious Ischeler Tortelettes! Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Enjoy! And have fun cooking!
Vintage Austrian Christmas Cookies are a family favorite!
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups sifted flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 cup (s) ground blanched almonds
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup apricot jam
- 3/4 cup (s) (4 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon (s) butter
- Blanched almonds , halved
Sift flour with baking powder and salt.
Cut 1 cup butter in small pieces.
Add butter, ground almonds, sugar, lemon juice and rind to flour,
Knead with hands until dough is very smooth and firm.
Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Roll small parts of dough between waxed paper to 1/8″ to 1/4″ thickness; dough is easier to roll if it is left out of refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
Cut into 1″ or 2″ rounds.
Bake cookies on greased and floured cookie sheets, or on parchment paper covered sheets, in moderate oven (350 F) 10 minutes, or until golden. Remove cookies carefully. Very thin cookies are fragile.
After cooling, put two cookies together with jam in between, sandwich fashion.
Melt chocolate and 1 tablespoon butter over hot, not boiling, water. Beat until smooth. If necessary, add more butter or up to 1 tablespoon hot water to achieve spreading consistency.
Frost Tortelettes on top and sides. Decorate tops with slivered almonds immediately. while frosting is still soft. Cool thoroughly before storing. Will freeze up to 1 month.
Originally Published 12/14/2014
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