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These delightful dry French Christmas cookies comes in a variety of shapes and tastes. You can be sure they will be a hit among your guests.

Traditionally they are prepared a few weeks before Christmas. This fun family activity will delight everyone during the long cold autumn week ends.

They are originally from the eastern parts of France, in Alsace they are called Bredele. There is a big variation of these cookies though every family have there own preferences.

Here below you can find a few recipes of these Christmas treats.

Happy cooking !


Vanilla snowball bredele
4.5
13 Reviews.
These are small Alsatian Christmas cookies with a chewy inside and a slightly crispy outside. They taste vanilla and almond and resemble small snowballs in the shape and color. You can prepare them a month before Christmas, keep them in a thin box covered with baking paper and they will still taste newly baked.
Origin: France
4.5
13 Reviews.
These are small Alsatian Christmas cookies with a chewy inside and a slightly crispy outside. They taste vanilla and almond and resemble small snowballs in the shape and color. You can prepare them a month before Christmas, keep them in a thin box covered with baking paper and they will still taste newly baked.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:05 - Cooking : 00:15
Santa Claus bredele
4.4
7 Reviews.
Homemade French Christmas cookies shaped as the face of Santa Claus. Fun to make together with the children but it requires some patients for the decorations. But in the end, it is all worth it when you see the smile of the children and adults when you finally serve them.
Origin: France
4.4
7 Reviews.
Homemade French Christmas cookies shaped as the face of Santa Claus. Fun to make together with the children but it requires some patients for the decorations. But in the end, it is all worth it when you see the smile of the children and adults when you finally serve them.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 01:00 - Cooking : 00:15
This is a homemade recipe of one of the traditional Alsatian Christmas cookies bredele. It is a hard cookie with taste of cinnamon and covered with a meringue frosting. The Bredele cookies comes in many different flavors and shapes such as hearts, stars, moons or Christmas trees and etc.
Origin: France
4.5
9 Reviews.
This is a homemade recipe of one of the traditional Alsatian Christmas cookies bredele. It is a hard cookie with taste of cinnamon and covered with a meringue frosting. The Bredele cookies comes in many different flavors and shapes such as hearts, stars, moons or Christmas trees and etc.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 01:00 - Cooking : 00:05
Vanilla and chocolate bredele
4.5
7 Reviews.
These homemade Alsatian Christmas cookies are fun to make with the kids. Everyone can make the cookies in the size and shape they prefer. To make them even more different from each other you can use more than one sort of chocolate to dip them in.
Origin: France
4.5
7 Reviews.
These homemade Alsatian Christmas cookies are fun to make with the kids. Everyone can make the cookies in the size and shape they prefer. To make them even more different from each other you can use more than one sort of chocolate to dip them in.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:40 - Cooking : 00:15
Saffron bredele
4.4
6 Reviews.
Small delicious saffron bredele ”Alsatian Christmas cookies” shaped as balls, that are a bit chewy in the center. Goes very quick to prepare and the best part is that you can keep them for weeks. Perfect to serve for advent when you lit the candles.
Origin: France
4.4
6 Reviews.
Small delicious saffron bredele ”Alsatian Christmas cookies” shaped as balls, that are a bit chewy in the center. Goes very quick to prepare and the best part is that you can keep them for weeks. Perfect to serve for advent when you lit the candles.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:05 - Cooking : 00:15
Bredele- Alsatian Christmas cookies can be found in many variations of both the shape and taste. Most of them are made with baking powder, egg, flour and sugar as a base. Even though this version it is made with both coconut and chocolate it is not too sweet.
Origin: France
4.1
7 Reviews.
Bredele- Alsatian Christmas cookies can be found in many variations of both the shape and taste. Most of them are made with baking powder, egg, flour and sugar as a base. Even though this version it is made with both coconut and chocolate it is not too sweet.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:30 - Cooking : 00:20
Bredele mini linzer
4.1
5 Reviews.
Christmas cookies from Alsace in France filled with raspberry jam. These linzer cookies are mini versions of the big linzertorte, as you use the same ingredients for both. The cookies have a sweet raspberry jam in between the thin and tender cookies.
Origin: France
4.1
5 Reviews.
Christmas cookies from Alsace in France filled with raspberry jam. These linzer cookies are mini versions of the big linzertorte, as you use the same ingredients for both. The cookies have a sweet raspberry jam in between the thin and tender cookies.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 01:00 - Cooking : 00:20
Bredele with Pumpkinseeds
4.7
6 Reviews.
This version of the Christmas cookies bredele is a bit different than the most common ones that you will find in the region Alsace in France during Christmas time. Every family have their own tradition of which cookies are to be consider as classical for them. These pumpkinseed cookies can be made six to eight weeks before Christmas. This way they can be kept in a tin box, to let them get the right consistence before they will be eaten.
Origin: France
4.7
6 Reviews.
This version of the Christmas cookies bredele is a bit different than the most common ones that you will find in the region Alsace in France during Christmas time. Every family have their own tradition of which cookies are to be consider as classical for them. These pumpkinseed cookies can be made six to eight weeks before Christmas. This way they can be kept in a tin box, to let them get the right consistence before they will be eaten.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:50 - Cooking : 00:40
Cinnamon snowball bredele
4.6
4 Reviews.
Homemade small cinnamon French Christmas cookies from the region Alsace. Slightly soft cookies with a chewy inside. These cookies are made according to the vanilla snowball bredele recipe, but I added cinnamon powder. To get different flavors you can change the cinnamon powder to gingerbread spices, cardamom and so on. Good luck and happy baking.
Origin: France
4.6
4 Reviews.
Homemade small cinnamon French Christmas cookies from the region Alsace. Slightly soft cookies with a chewy inside. These cookies are made according to the vanilla snowball bredele recipe, but I added cinnamon powder. To get different flavors you can change the cinnamon powder to gingerbread spices, cardamom and so on. Good luck and happy baking.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:05 - Cooking : 00:15
Bredele hazelnuts petals
4.8
4 Reviews.
The Christmas cookies called bredele are small and sweet delicacies from the region Alsace in France. They are small dry cookies and every cookie sort has its own special taste. You can find hundreds of different sorts of bredeles and new sorts are produced each year. This particular bredele has a taste of hazelnuts, almond, citron and clove.
Origin: France
4.8
4 Reviews.
The Christmas cookies called bredele are small and sweet delicacies from the region Alsace in France. They are small dry cookies and every cookie sort has its own special taste. You can find hundreds of different sorts of bredeles and new sorts are produced each year. This particular bredele has a taste of hazelnuts, almond, citron and clove.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:25 - Cooking : 00:15
Coffee bredele
4.9
4 Reviews.
These small Alsatian bredele makes a nice addition to your Christmas cookie jar. There are many different bredele so it is tricky to find just one favorite, but maybe these small coffee cookies will become your new favorite. You can bake them a few weeks before and keep them in a thin box with a baking paper until it's time to serve them.
Origin: France
4.9
4 Reviews.
These small Alsatian bredele makes a nice addition to your Christmas cookie jar. There are many different bredele so it is tricky to find just one favorite, but maybe these small coffee cookies will become your new favorite. You can bake them a few weeks before and keep them in a thin box with a baking paper until it's time to serve them.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:15
Mini stollen bredele
4.6
4 Reviews.
The German Christstollen is a a Christmas bread filled with dried fruits, berries and sometimes marzipan, and covered in icing sugar. These mini stollen bredele (Alsastian Christmas cookies) are inspired of the German Christstollen.
Origin: France
4.6
4 Reviews.
The German Christstollen is a a Christmas bread filled with dried fruits, berries and sometimes marzipan, and covered in icing sugar. These mini stollen bredele (Alsastian Christmas cookies) are inspired of the German Christstollen.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:15
Sand bredele
5
4 Reviews.
This is one of the classic Alsatian Christmas cookies called sand bredele. They are named sand bredele because it feels like soft sand when you prepare the dough. It is common to change the taste by adding vanilla, rum, orange, citron, cinnamon or ginger, and you will find them in many different shapes as well.
Origin: France
5
4 Reviews.
This is one of the classic Alsatian Christmas cookies called sand bredele. They are named sand bredele because it feels like soft sand when you prepare the dough. It is common to change the taste by adding vanilla, rum, orange, citron, cinnamon or ginger, and you will find them in many different shapes as well.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:15
Homemade typical Alsatian Christmas cookie with an exotic taste of coconut. This is a soft cookie with a chewy inside. This sweet cookie will be a big hit for both adults and children.
Origin: France
5
4 Reviews.
Homemade typical Alsatian Christmas cookie with an exotic taste of coconut. This is a soft cookie with a chewy inside. This sweet cookie will be a big hit for both adults and children.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:15
Christmas Chocolate bredele
4.8
4 Reviews.
Alsatian Christmas cookies (bredele) comes in many variations of shapes and flavors. Every family bake their own cookies and have their own traditions when it comes to these small treats. These chocolate snowballs are crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. I recommend preparing several batches with different chocolate each time, this way they will last longer.
Origin: France
4.8
4 Reviews.
Alsatian Christmas cookies (bredele) comes in many variations of shapes and flavors. Every family bake their own cookies and have their own traditions when it comes to these small treats. These chocolate snowballs are crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. I recommend preparing several batches with different chocolate each time, this way they will last longer.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:10 - Cooking : 00:10
Bredele hazelnut macaroons
5
3 Reviews.
This is one out of hundreds different varieties of the Alsatian bredele cookies you that you will find in Alsace during the Christmas holidays. These hazelnuts cookies have a crispy surface and a slightly chewy interior. The best part is that the cookies can be prepared in advanced, though they can be kept for weeks in a cookie box.
Origin: France
5
3 Reviews.
This is one out of hundreds different varieties of the Alsatian bredele cookies you that you will find in Alsace during the Christmas holidays. These hazelnuts cookies have a crispy surface and a slightly chewy interior. The best part is that the cookies can be prepared in advanced, though they can be kept for weeks in a cookie box.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:15
Spritz bredele
4.7
3 Reviews.
You will recognize these Alsatian Christmas cookies by their special shape, and can often find them dipped in chocolate, or soaked in coffee. This is the original recipe of one of many popular small Christmas cookies called bredele.
Origin: France
4.7
3 Reviews.
You will recognize these Alsatian Christmas cookies by their special shape, and can often find them dipped in chocolate, or soaked in coffee. This is the original recipe of one of many popular small Christmas cookies called bredele.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:30 - Cooking : 00:15
Nutella cookies
4.7
3 Reviews.
These small cookies will make you happy any time, and can be served for any occasions. They are both fun and super easy do, so you don't need to be a baking expert. They are a big hit at kids birthday parties.
Origin: France
4.7
3 Reviews.
These small cookies will make you happy any time, and can be served for any occasions. They are both fun and super easy do, so you don't need to be a baking expert. They are a big hit at kids birthday parties.
Origin: France
Preparation : 00:30 - Cooking : 00:10
Bredele Vanilla Snowballs
4.8
3 Reviews.
These bredele resemble snowballs both in the appearance and color. These cookies are dry and crumbly with a taste of vanilla. To make the cookies even more tasteful you can use real vanilla. You can keep the dough in the freezer up to two month, this way you can make them again.
Origin: France
4.8
3 Reviews.
These bredele resemble snowballs both in the appearance and color. These cookies are dry and crumbly with a taste of vanilla. To make the cookies even more tasteful you can use real vanilla. You can keep the dough in the freezer up to two month, this way you can make them again.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:20 - Cooking : 00:10
Sand bredele with peanut butter
5
3 Reviews.
The French sand cookie originate from the Sablé-sur-Sarthe. To make the cookies you need to mix cold butter together with the flour and sugar, and the result resemble of sand. This Alsatian bredeles are one version of the sand cookies, but with a taste of peanut butter. You can use whatever baking from as you prefer.
Origin: France
5
3 Reviews.
The French sand cookie originate from the Sablé-sur-Sarthe. To make the cookies you need to mix cold butter together with the flour and sugar, and the result resemble of sand. This Alsatian bredeles are one version of the sand cookies, but with a taste of peanut butter. You can use whatever baking from as you prefer.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:40 - Cooking : 00:10
Hazelnut Bredele
4.3
2 Reviews.
Christmas cookies in all shapes and flavors can be found all over the world, even so in the region Alsace in France, where they are called Bredele. These small hazelnut treats are both easy and quick to prepare and can be made already in November. But it is hard to resist the delicious small cookies before Christmas, so make sure to make enough of them.
Origin: France
4.3
2 Reviews.
Christmas cookies in all shapes and flavors can be found all over the world, even so in the region Alsace in France, where they are called Bredele. These small hazelnut treats are both easy and quick to prepare and can be made already in November. But it is hard to resist the delicious small cookies before Christmas, so make sure to make enough of them.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:15 - Cooking : 00:10
Bredele  snowballs
5
5 Reviews.
These bredele have only one thing in common with snowballs and that is the shape. These are traditional Alsatian Christmas bredel. You can find over hundred different variations of bredele cookies, and every family has their own preferences.
Origin: France
5
5 Reviews.
These bredele have only one thing in common with snowballs and that is the shape. These are traditional Alsatian Christmas bredel. You can find over hundred different variations of bredele cookies, and every family has their own preferences.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:25 - Cooking : 00:15
Bredele with hazelnuts
3.6
8 Reviews.
This is a homemade recipe of the classical Alsatian Christmas cookies bredele with hazelnuts. They are so easy and delicious, so it is almost impossible not to prepare twice as many the next time you make them. You can make them in any shape you like but the flat round ones are the typical way to make them.
Origin: France
3.6
8 Reviews.
This is a homemade recipe of the classical Alsatian Christmas cookies bredele with hazelnuts. They are so easy and delicious, so it is almost impossible not to prepare twice as many the next time you make them. You can make them in any shape you like but the flat round ones are the typical way to make them.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:15 - Cooking : 00:10
Vanilla bredele
4.9
4 Reviews.
Homemade French Alsatian Christmas cookies with the taste of vanilla. These cookies can already be made in the beginning of November and kept in a tin box with baking paper before being served around Christmas. However, it is unlikely that these small delicious treats will last that long!
Origin: France
4.9
4 Reviews.
Homemade French Alsatian Christmas cookies with the taste of vanilla. These cookies can already be made in the beginning of November and kept in a tin box with baking paper before being served around Christmas. However, it is unlikely that these small delicious treats will last that long!
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:30 - Cooking : 00:15
Gingerbread bredele
3.4
6 Reviews.
Homemade Christmas gingerbread cookies from the region Alsace in France. If you always thought it is complicated to bake your own gingerbread cookies for Christmas, try this recipe and you will continue to make them year after year.
Origin: France
3.4
6 Reviews.
Homemade Christmas gingerbread cookies from the region Alsace in France. If you always thought it is complicated to bake your own gingerbread cookies for Christmas, try this recipe and you will continue to make them year after year.
Origin: France - Region: Alsace.
Preparation : 00:30 - Cooking : 00:10
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