Murbteig cookies were one of my favorite Christmas cookies made by my mother. The basic pastry is German or Viennese depending upon what book you are reading. It is extremely easy to put together. Mother made this in a mixer but I find it easier in the food processor. Both versions are included.
In addition to these cookies, Murbteig has many applications in the pastry world. In my book, “The New Pastry Cook”, I devoted a chapter and many more recipes to this marvelous pastry.
I still remember my mother rolling out gobs of these cookies every year. We also had Murbteig cookies at Easter which I suppose explains the chicken. The basic cookie was always made with a set of cutters in the shape of the four suits of cards. I still have the small cutters that came from Penny’s for twenty nine cents. She also included a small little chicken. I have no idea why the chicken or the card cutters but they are a dainty cookie and look just beautiful on a cookie tray. Continue reading