Karlsbad Ring Cookies

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"Karlsbad Ring Cookies" are a Christmas speciality from Czech, that are often decorated in contrasting coloured candied fruits. Since my husband refuses to eat candied fruit, I had to use the sugar crystals and chopped almonds instead. They truly are melt-in-mouth delicious! The recipe is adapted from "Böhmisch Kochen Adelheid Beyreder".

  • 200 g Butter
  • 80 g Powdered sugar
  • 4 Hard-boiled egg yolks, pressed through a sieve
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp Lemon zest, finely grated
  • 300 g All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Egg
  • Sugar crystals and chopped almonds to garnish
  1. Cream the butter and powdered sugar until pale and fluffy. Add in sieved egg yolks, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Beat until well combined. Add in flour and work to a smooth cookie dough.
  2. Wrap the dough with cling film and chill for an hour. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  3. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out between two sheets of parchment paper to 3mm thick. Use a 5cm-diameter waved shaped cookie cutter to cut out the cookies and place them on the prepared trays. Now cut out the rings with a 3cm-diameter circle-shaped cookie cutter. Reroll any scraps and repeat.
  4. Brush the rings with lightly beaten egg and sprinkle white sugar crystals or chopped almonds on top. Bake for about 15 minutes or until just beginning to brown around the edges. Cool cookies completely on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.


Emily Z 17/11/10 20:41

These cookies look wonderful, and a perfect cookie for the holiday season! I like the sugared crystals as well, I think my husband would prefer it that way, too. ;)

Rosa's Yummy Yums 17/11/10 20:51

Those are fabulous! Mmmhhhh.



alison 17/11/10 20:54

looks great !perfect for advent!

Soumya 17/11/10 20:54

wow...delicious and perfect cookie for holiday. Thanks for sharing...


Happy Cook 17/11/10 21:07

Looks so so beautiful, if i use the fruits then i have to use the same way as the sugar and almonds???

Belinda @zomppa 17/11/10 21:19

Oh my gosh - I want a tin of these!!!!!

Ivy 17/11/10 21:27

Wow, these look beautiful. Never seen a recipe using boiled egg yolks before.

Joy 17/11/10 21:34

I know those. They look great.

eatgreek.net 17/11/10 21:48

mmm... rings... can I say.... "I do"???? :P hehe
they look delicious! :D

Priya 17/11/10 21:58

Wowww beautiful ring cookies, looks soo cute..

Faith 17/11/10 22:01

These cookies are gorgeous, Angie! I love your almond substitution, that sounds delicious!

tigerfish 17/11/10 22:48

Festive cookies! 10 fingers = 10 ring cookies please.

doggybloggy 17/11/10 22:49

I can almost imagine the buttery snap when you bite into one of these delicious looking cookies --

Rachana 17/11/10 23:16

Wow!!!! Those cookies look lovely...

Stella 17/11/10 23:20

Angie! I used to love this type of cookie when I was little! I've got to try this recipe. Yours look so delicious and I must say beautiful too;) Bookmarked.

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines 17/11/10 23:23

I agree with your husband, I won't go anywhere near that candied fruit. But I love buttery yummy cookies. I think the crunch on the top would be better than the fruit!

Cool Lassi(e) 17/11/10 23:47

The name itself has a nice ring to it. Gorgeous cookies!

Stephanie 17/11/10 23:50

These look and sound just wonderful. Interesting to use seived hard-boiled eggs - never heard of this before. Just wondering why the recipe calls for this?

Amy 17/11/10 23:58

These are beautiful! Looks like something you would buy but I am sure yours are 100x better :)!

Terrianne, Call me Ree 18/11/10 00:10

How interesting these cookies call for cooked egg yolks. That's must make for a texture unachievable any other way, and unlike anything else? These cookies looks scrumptious. I love the use of sugar and almonds on top. I, like your husband, do not like candied fruit. =) Your version trumps the original!

Jo 18/11/10 01:31

Angie, I think using sugar crystals and almond is a great idea. Looks like little specks of snow on the cookies.

Wen 18/11/10 01:34

Simply lovely & delicious looking cookies!

Jeannie 18/11/10 01:37

Very unusual to use cooked yolks in these cookies but they do look delicious! I will try this to satisfy my curiosity:D Thanks for sharing!

Anncoo 18/11/10 01:47

Lovely festive cookies and please pass me some for my breakfast now ;)

j3ss kitch3n 18/11/10 02:00

delicious cookies pass me some please angie!

Pegasuslegend 18/11/10 02:00

perfect addition to my cookie collection thanks!~

Megan 18/11/10 02:30

Hello Angie Dear! So.... here is my question... Who eats all of your treats?

xoxo Megan

Kitchen Corner 18/11/10 02:37

These are very pretty cookie rings! Got the xmas feel!!

Anonymous 18/11/10 02:42

What a great tin cookie. So pretty.

Lisa H. 18/11/10 02:44

Lovely cookies... 35 sleeps to Xmas :)

Raina 18/11/10 02:49

These cookies are beautiful. They look very impressive and professional looking. The hard boiled egg yolk is an interesting ingredient. Looking forward to trying these and impressing my family:)

Treat and Trick 18/11/10 03:04

These are beautiful and yummy cookies!

kitchen flavours 18/11/10 03:58

These cookies looks perfect! They are very pretty and looks very good. I have a cookie recipe that uses egg yolks too in one of my cookbooks, but yours look much better! Would really love to have some of this!

Sharmilee! :) 18/11/10 04:03

Wow those cookies looks very tempting

Claudia 18/11/10 04:53

I just love these cookies - how wonderful to have a real recipe! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth beautiful and festive.

Abhilash Pillai 18/11/10 07:08

The cookies look good. I would love them for the tea time. The crystals remind me of the cookies my father used to bring home when I was a child.

Catherine 18/11/10 07:09

These cookies look wonderfully festive Angie!

Angie's Recipes 18/11/10 07:16

The reason of using cooked egg yolks is (I guess) to eliminate the moisture from the eggs, so that those butter cookies will turn out very crumbly and really melt in your mouth!

Monet 18/11/10 07:16

How beautiful! I can only imagine how buttery these jewels are. I love cookies that just melt on your tongue. Thank you for sharing, love. I hope you are having a relaxing Wednesday night!

sangeeta 18/11/10 07:28

Gorgeous looking cookies ...

Jacklyn 18/11/10 08:31

wow these look so amazing!

Amy @ cookbookmaniac 18/11/10 09:22

My partner is the same, he refuses to eat dried or candied fruit. These cookies are so cute. The hardboiled egg yolk as an ingredient is very interesting.

3 hungry tummies 18/11/10 10:25

Very pretty cookies and I bet they are as tasty as they look :)

Heavenly Housewife 18/11/10 11:49

What a wonderful Christmas cookie!
I used to hate candied fruit as a kid, but as an adult (sort of) I love the stuff.
*kisses* HH

Happy Cook 18/11/10 13:32

@Angie's Recipes
thankyou will make them in the christmas time.

Jenn 18/11/10 14:22

Another amazing looking cookie!!! I bet these are soooooo good!!

alma 18/11/10 14:32

Omg, I LOVE THEM!!!!!! Perfect for Christmas!!!!!!!

busygran 18/11/10 15:43

I like these cookies. They're well done, like store-bought!

Dishesdone 18/11/10 16:12

They are gorgeous cookies. I'm with your husband on the candy fruit, and I love your substitutions, looks amazing!

Mary 18/11/10 16:17

These look beautiful and they sound delicious. This is a really nice recipe. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

My Man's Belly 18/11/10 16:40

These cookies look like they'd be perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Growing up, my mom used to make something similar to these, so I can already taste them.

Food For Tots 18/11/10 16:53

The cookies are not only melt-in-the-mouth, they are melt-in-the-heart too! How I wish I will receive them during Christmas! ;)

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE 18/11/10 16:57

Angie, these are awesome! I can imagine eating them with a cup of tea...my pinky finger up!

Anna's Table 18/11/10 17:21

These are so pretty. They are the perfect Christmas cookie and ideal gift.

Cheah 18/11/10 18:16

These cute looking cookies are perfect for the coming festive season!

Yummy Team 18/11/10 20:52

Lovely cookies..They look so perfect!!

Evan @swEEts 18/11/10 22:03

I think I've had these with the dried fruit, but I kinda like the idea of just different colored sugars! Might be one to add to the Christmas Cookie collection.

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron 18/11/10 22:44

These are adorable!! Your cookies look so perfect just like what they sell at a store seriously. I didn't know you live in Germany!

Cake Duchess 19/11/10 00:52

Gorgeous cookies Angie. I love a simple cookie at Christmas time. :)

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit 19/11/10 02:19

Boiled egg yolks? Very interesting! I always loved cookies in this shape- these are beautiful and sound delicious! I can see my grandson with one on each finger. :)

Elisabeth 19/11/10 04:19

These cookies are certainly perfect for the holidays. A great recipe, interesting with the hard boiled egg yolks. Beautiful photos, as well!

noobcook 19/11/10 04:39

They are adorable! the ones with red and green sugar looks extra pretty and festive!

Elin 19/11/10 04:53

Wow...using hard boiled egg yolks for this cookies....mmmm must try this out :) Thanks for sharing this, Angie...just nice for christmas :)

sweetlife 19/11/10 05:02

how cute... these are a perfect take home party favors for the holidays,

Dimah 19/11/10 08:10

The cookies look gorgeous!

Anonymous 19/11/10 10:20

delicious! these remind me of my childhood :)

Cherine 19/11/10 10:20

Those are beautiful cookies!! I bet they're addictive!

Joanne 19/11/10 12:48

I'm always amazed at how professional your food always looks! These sound absolutely delicious!

Annie 19/11/10 14:42

Those look and sound so delicious!

lisaiscooking 19/11/10 14:57

These look like delicious butter cookies, and the decorations on them look great!

My Taste Heaven 19/11/10 15:00

love the cookies. really cute and tempting. the sugar looks great on them too!

foodwanderings 19/11/10 15:33

OMG, These will be perfect with my tea! Gorgeous!!

Chow and Chatter 19/11/10 16:07

beautiful cookies I bet its great to be in your part of the world around christmas time, oh thanks for adding the tweet icon easier for me always share your recipes :-)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 19/11/10 16:19

I have to side with your husband regarding candied fruit - I hate that stuff! These look absolutely perfect to me with the sugar and chopped nuts, though. I can't wait to try them - they look and sound delicious!

Anonymous 19/11/10 19:12

Lovely and delicate...the sugar crystals are for me...no candid fruits.

Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) 19/11/10 19:21

These look festive, fun and delicious - the perfect holiday cookie!

Maria 19/11/10 19:37

I cannot say enough about these pretty little cookies! They sound divine and a perfect addition to any holiday cookie repertoire.

Anonymous 19/11/10 21:54

Those are so pretty! I bet they taste just fantastic!

tasteofbeirut 20/11/10 01:21

These are beautiful cookies and I admire how picture -perfect they look and I am sure they taste wonderful (like a é )

theUngourmet 20/11/10 07:36

These cookies are so perfectly festive. I love the colored sugar! I've got to find some!

Ananda Rajashekar 21/11/10 15:50

hard boiled egg yolk is very interesting!

OysterCulture 22/11/10 00:44

Oh I do love these cookies, and they so remind me of the holidays.

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 22/11/10 03:19

They look melt-in-the-mouth delicious and I love how much they resemble like miniature Christmas wreaths!!

Mother Rimmy 22/11/10 06:33

These are the prettiest cookies! Hard cooked egg yolks aren't something I've seen before in a cookie recipe. Very interesting, making this a must try!

Cristina - TeenieCakes 22/11/10 17:00

Angie - these look so beautiful and buttery goodness! I know I couldn't just stop at one. I need to start making some cookies! ;)

Radhika @ foodfor7stages 22/11/10 22:19

They looks very pretty, festive and appetizing.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 22/11/10 22:51

How cute, Angie! Especially the colored ones are perfect little wreath-like cookies for the holidays, it seems.

BakingWithoutaBox 22/11/10 23:54

How pretty! Wonderfully adaptable cookie

grace 23/11/10 07:36

these remind me of the boxed cookies i used to eat as a child--i would put one on each finger and nibble them off one by one. :)

Pavithra 23/11/10 14:40

Ooooooooooh they looks so tempting and my god i am tempted. They look awesome and cute. Perfect for gifts.

MaryMoh 24/11/10 00:42

Ooooh...love these cookies. Would be great for any parties or even ladies' coffee morning. Kids would love to thread them and wear around their neck :P Reminds me of Chinese coins of long ago.

Tiffanee 7/12/10 00:18

Yum. These lookk delicious. Sounds like my favorite type of cookie.


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