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Sugar dusted Bredele cookies in the shape of stars.
Bredele Recipe (Alsatian Christmas Cookies)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Chill for
2 hrs

My new Bredele recipe (Alsatian Christmas Cookies) might just be the simplest butter cookie recipe you can make for the holiday season!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) butter (softened)
  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) superfine sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ⅔ cup (8 ⅓ oz/236g) all-purpose flour
  • Egg wash
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)
  1. In a mixer or medium bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and salt together until light and creamy.

  2. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract until fully incorporated and then fold in the flour until a dough is formed.

  3. Press into a flattened disc and place in an airtight container in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours and up to two days.

  4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  5. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to about ⅛ inch (4mm) thick and cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters.

  6. Place cookies 2-inches (5cm) apart on the prepared baking sheets and brush lightly with the egg wash.

  7. Bake for about 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through, until pale golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool while you bake off the rest of the cookies.

  8. Once cool, dust with powdered sugar before serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.