tiroler leckerli (austrian christmas cookies)

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Tiroler Leckerli (Austrian Christmas Cookies)

By , from the Culinate Kitchen collection
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 4 doz. cookies


This recipe comes from a friend whose family makes these for Christmas every year. They’re basically chocolate-nut-spice-fruit drop cookies baked on edible wafers. Try not to let the cookie dough spread past the wafers when you’re assembling them before baking; you want the wafer to show in a ring around each mound of dough.


2 eggs
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
cup flour (use either unbleached all-purpose or whole-wheat pastry flour, or a mix)
~ Pinch of salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground allspice
cup chopped almonds
cup chopped hazelnuts
cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
cup small or chopped dried fruit, such as raisins, sweetened cranberries, cherries, or prunes
~ Backoblaten wafers (see Note)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. Beat the eggs until frothy and pale yellow. Add the sugars, flour, baking powder, and spices; mix well. Add the nuts, chocolate, and dried fruit.
  3. Arrange the Backoblaten wafers across the prepared cookie sheets. Drop a heaping teaspoonful of cookie dough onto the middle of each wafer.
  4. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through the cooking time. Let cool briefly before removing to a rack to cool fully. Repeat until all the batter is gone.


The edible wafers known as Backoblaten are available at European import stores or online at the German Deli. Get the 50-millimeter size.

These cookies will keep for at least two weeks if stored in a covered cookie jar.

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6% recommend this recipe
1. by faither on Dec 15, 2008 at 12:39 PM PST

Sounds like an interesting twist on a chocolate chip cookie.

2. by cdziuba on Dec 15, 2008 at 12:51 PM PST

I’d never heard of Backobaten wafers before, and certainly never saw a recipe using wafers as a base. Very interesting!

3. by elight on Dec 15, 2008 at 1:02 PM PST

These sound really interesting. And worth a try, especially when they’re fat-free!

4. by LOVESTOBAKEJUSTLAZY on Dec 15, 2008 at 1:10 PM PST

sound different- would you folks recommend these for a goody box to send to the troops?

5. by scavalie on Dec 15, 2008 at 1:17 PM PST

Wow! This seems like a really unusual cookie to add to my repertoire!

6. by Diane on Dec 15, 2008 at 1:35 PM PST

I love German spice cookies around the holidays, and these sound similar to the ones I love. I’ll try them!

7. by ivyt on Dec 15, 2008 at 1:56 PM PST

Tasted something similar at the bakery. Now I will be able to make them for myself. I love all of the ingredients used. They really look yummy.

8. by dusksunset on Dec 15, 2008 at 2:18 PM PST

I’ve never heard of these before, but they sound delicious. It’s unlikely any local stores have the wafers for the bottoms, though.

9. by nicole309 on Dec 15, 2008 at 2:22 PM PST

Wow! I can honestly say I have never heard of these before. Thanks for something totally unusual.

10. by macaronibirds on Dec 15, 2008 at 2:39 PM PST

Yummy, they sound good.

11. by dolls123 on Dec 15, 2008 at 2:52 PM PST

Very different

12. by AsTheNight on Dec 15, 2008 at 3:17 PM PST

This is a first for me - Cookies I’ve never even heard of! Since I won’t have time to get the wafers before the holidays, I’ll have to find a German bakery and see if they carry them. Thanks for bringing on something really different!

13. by kmg365 on Dec 15, 2008 at 3:25 PM PST

Kudos-- you’ve come up with something completely unlike anything I’ve ever seen before! I’m going to work the word Backoblaten into every conversation possible tomorrow. :-)

14. by rtysons on Dec 15, 2008 at 5:07 PM PST

these sound very interesting. kind of like making cookies on the Polish Chrismas wafers we get from the in-laws every year...

15. by damons on Dec 15, 2008 at 5:08 PM PST

These will keep for two weeks? I can’t imagine that they would in our house!

16. by hotmama on Dec 15, 2008 at 5:14 PM PST

The hills are alive...with the smell of fresh baked cookies! I will try this recipe if I can find the wafer. Sounds interesting!

17. by lisalmg25 on Dec 15, 2008 at 5:58 PM PST

These sound delicious and would make a very special Christmas cookie.

18. by dgregory1022 on Dec 15, 2008 at 6:22 PM PST

sounds good - would you advise toasting the nuts in advance

19. by miriama59 on Dec 15, 2008 at 7:20 PM PST

I have never seen a cookie like this before....just what a person can make to step things up a bit.

20. by Jane K on Dec 15, 2008 at 7:38 PM PST

Can a person make the cookies without waffers? Might try it sometime.

21. by weth on Dec 15, 2008 at 8:38 PM PST

These look tasty, but don’t look like they’d ship well, as they’d be too brittle.

22. by bettycd on Dec 15, 2008 at 8:51 PM PST

not sure about the communion wafer part, but the cookie itself sounds tasty.

23. by intime on Dec 16, 2008 at 2:56 AM PST

looks good

24. by Darlene936 on Dec 16, 2008 at 3:37 AM PST

If they are crunchy, I’ll love them.

25. by ptreskovich on Dec 16, 2008 at 5:32 AM PST

These sound like a differnt type of cookie to try.

26. by That's nuts! on Dec 16, 2008 at 7:18 AM PST

I like a cookie that uses nuts instead of butter or the dreaded shortening for a fat. These look like they would be the perfect new cookie to try.

27. by pscheel on Dec 16, 2008 at 7:48 AM PST

How interesting. Thanks for the unusual recipe!

28. by nlaugust on Dec 16, 2008 at 8:26 AM PST

this looks really tasty. Is there really no buter or oil in this cookie? That’s too good to be true, especially this time of year!

29. by laikarose on Dec 16, 2008 at 8:31 AM PST

I love this spice combo. It reminds me of the Scandinavian flavor palate. It’s intriguing to me how each country has it’s own signature Christmas cookie.

30. by Caroline Cummins on Dec 16, 2008 at 8:51 AM PST

dgregory1022: Yes, you can toast the nuts before mixing them in if you like. And Jane K, you can probably make the cookies without the wafers, although since there’s no fat in the cookies, you’ll definitely need to use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper at the very least, and even then the cookies might stick. Finally, weth, the cookies themselves aren’t particularly brittle, but the wafers are; the edges of the wafers will likely break off in shipping.

31. by Betty C on Dec 16, 2008 at 10:38 AM PST

This looks like something I would love to try. I really need to add some new items to my traditional cookie platter. Crunchy is good.

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