Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Agnesenplätzchen (St. Agnes Cookies)

In honor of today's feast of St. Agnes I finally had the opportunity to bake Agnesenplätzchen (St. Agnes Cookies), with lots of help from our six year old, adapting the recipe found in Cooking with the Saints.  The recipe for these delicious jam filled shortbread cookies was originally from an old German cookbook first published in 1924.

Agnesenplätzchen (St. Agnes Cookies) 
adapted from Cooking with the Saints 

  • 1 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 jar apricot jam
  • powdered sugar (optional)


Cream the butter with the sugar. Gradually incorporate the flour until it becomes a smooth dough. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes.

On a clean work surface, roll out the dough to ¼-inch thick. Cut out an even number of circles about 2 inches in diameter.

Let the dough rest for about 30 to 60 minutes.  

Place on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350˚F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely. Spread apricot jam on the top of one cookie and cover with a second cookie.

Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.  

St. Agnes, Ora Pro Nobis!

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  1. Trying these today--have lots of homemade apricot (and other varieties) jam to use up! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I am going to make these for a tea party, they look delicious! Mine will be gluten free :)

  3. Where can one obtain a St. Agnes statue like your's? She's my Confirmation patron saint, as well as my birthday one! O:-)

    1. The St. Agnes statue was actually given to our family from a friend of ours. She purchased it from a local artist. You can find her website here: Chris Hart Studio

  4. Thanks for the recipe! Do you happen to know what the connection to St. Agnes is? I have been looking online to see if there is some symbolism, but haven't found anything. Will be doing this with kids and would love it if I can explain the connection. Thanks!

    1. I'm sorry, I don't. The only connection I know of is the name.

    2. Perhaps point out that the white could symbolize her purity.