Bredele – Alsatian Christmas Cookies

A single bredele cookie tied with twine with the rest of the Christmas cookies in a box

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Follow this classic bredele recipe to make traditional Alsatian Christmas cookies specifically made for Christmas in France. Differently shaped, bredele cookies make a beautiful edible gift for your family and friends. 


  • 250 g all-purpose flour
  • 125 g butter, softened
  • 125 g granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk for glazing
  • icing (powdered) sugar for dusting


To make the dough, place softened butter, sugar, whole egg, and flour in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix. Wrap the dough with plastic film and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 F/190 C. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/6-inch/4 mm and cut out into desired shapes using Christmas cookie cutters. Arrange cookies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

Brush each cookie with the beaten egg yolk and bake for 10 minutes. Let cookies cool down on a wire rack and sprinkle with icing (powdered) sugar.


  1. Chill the dough overnight if it works with your baking schedule.
  2. Brush cookies with Royal icing and use Christmas sprinkles instead of using icing sugar if you prefer.


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