Basler Brunsli Chocolate Spice Cookie Recipe from Basel Switzerland

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Basler Brunsli Chocolate Spice Cookie Recipe from Basel Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland. A lovely town with a rich history. We stayed in the older part of town, next to the University which had a special charm. It was November, and there were already signs of the approaching holidays. Most importantly, the shops were selling Christmas cookies. Basel is famous for several cookies, which are actually named for the town. We have included a recipe for a little chocolate cookie called Basler Brunsli, which means the little brown cookie from Basel.

Basler Switzerland
BASEL, SWITZERLAND
Basler brunsli chocolate spice cookies in Basel Switzerland.
Basler brunsli chocolate spice cookies in Basel Switzerland.

I especially liked the Basler Brunsli, a chocolate spice cookie, that is perfect as a Christmas cookie. Basler Brunsli are usually a small, thick cookie cut in the shape of a flower. The shop keeper explained that they use nut flour instead of wheat flour. Usually it was almond flour, but these were made of hazelnut flour.


Basler brunsli chocolate spice cookies
Basler Brunsli chocolate spice cookies

When we returned home, I researched the recipe and created our own version. However, I thought a larger version in the shape of a bear would be appropriate, since the bear is an important symbol in Switzerland. The cookie is naturally gluten free, because it is made with nut flour and egg whites, similar to a macaron. I used hazelnut flour and orange liqueur. Very important to this recipe is allowing the cut out cookies to dry out for an hour before baking.

Basler Brunsli cookies
Basler Brunsli
Basler Brunsli

I happened to have a stencil of a birch forest that I picked up at the art store. Dusting it with powdered sugar made a nice winter scene for the presentation.



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Basler brunsli

BASLER BRUNSLI

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Swiss
Keyword: cookie

Equipment

  • food processor
  • stand mixer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Allow the ingredients to come to room temperature (about 65° F). This may take about an hour.
  • Using the food processor, grind together the chocolate, cocoa powder, cinnamon and cloves, stopping before they start to clump. Do not over process.
  • Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the egg white on medium for about a minute. Increase the speed to medium high and add the sugar a tablespoon at a time. Beat the mixture until it is a stiff meringue.
  • Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the liqueur.
  • Fold in the chocolate mixture until incorporated, being careful not to deflate the egg whites.
  • Fold in the nut flour until incorporated, being careful not to deflate the egg whites.
  • Pat the mixture into a flat circle about ½ inch thick and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour, or even overnight.
  • Spread the sparking white sugar on a cutting board. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is ⅜ inch thick, turning it over to make sure it is evenly coated with the sugar.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using cookie cutters, cut the cookies into shapes. The cookies break easily, so smaller shapes are traditional. Use a spatula to move them onto the baking sheet.
  • Allow the cookies to dry out for an hour before baking.
  • When ready to bake, place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 250° F.
  • Bake until they are set, but not browning, about 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake.
  • Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before moving them to a cooling rack.
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely before serving. They firm up as they cool.
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This is one of the cookies we discovered while traveling in Switzerland and recreated when we got back home. We researched the science and techniques behind the recipe and used tips from exceptional chefs. Then we used the best ingredients we could find to create this recipe. For more ideas, see our other posts about recipes inspired by travel.