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Old 12-23-2010, 01:24 PM
 
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unfortunately there aren't, as mentioned the "real" bakeries are very far away. I find this quite odd, esp since there is a decent sized German expat population in White Plains.

Trust me, there are some days when I would love to sit down to a plate of nussecken and a glass of milk. There are other days when I want something a little more commercial like bionade, but alas they're both far..far off :-(

the mention of Lebkuchen is making me even hungrier!
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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Hello. I have been searching for a cookie a German lady in my neighborhood maed for a get together several years ago. It was the most wonderful cookie I ever ate. She would not share her recipe with me and simply called it a "German Christmas Cookie". They were soft and rolled in powdered sugar. They tasted like they might have finely ground fruit, nuts and spices. The thing that made them so different was their texture. They were not cakey or crumbly. They were very unique and I have searched high and low for something that resembles them. Please let me know if anyone has a clue as to what that cookie was. Thanks! Mary
If it was round, and flat on the bottom, like half a circle when you looked at it from the side, and tasted slightly like gingerbread, it was probably a pfeffernusse cookie. They're made from ground nuts. They're also called Pepper Nut cookies. I've had many versions, but none of them as good as Auer's Bakery on Staten Island. Sadly, it changed about thirty years ago, and I've been looking for a good pfefernusse ever since.
If it was crescent shaped, it was a Kipfurl. There are a few recipes out there. They're made with ground almonds, and no spice but a little almond extract and cinnamon. My grandmother used to make these, but I never got her recipe.
Since you say it might have had fruit in it, try Lebkuchen. Schiller and Weber in the city has a better variety than Trader Joe's.
Happy hunting.

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