Monday, December 9, 2013

Spitz Buban - Our Family Tradition

Some of my ancestors came from Germany.  For as long as I can remember, my mom (and her mom and grandmother) made a little German cookie for Christmas.  It's called a Spitz Buban and is basically two butter cookies covered in breadcrumbs with plum jam sandwiched between and a dusting of powdered sugar on top.  However, making them is a bit more complicated than that.

Our family has adopted the tradition, and this is the first time in 31 years that I've documented the making of them.

{1} Make the dough (recipe at the end).
{2} Set up the assembly line.  
 {3} Roll out the dough to about 1/8 of an inch thick.  It helps tremendously if you use a floured pastry cloth and a "sock" for your rolling pin!  
{4} Once you cut the cookies out of the dough (we've always used a fluted diamond shape), you brush one side with an egg wash.  

{5} Then, put the egged side face down in a plate of bread crumbs.
{6} Turn them over onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
and, fill it up!

See how thin they are...

{7} Pile all of the baked cookies up, and set up your second assembly line.
{8} The recipe calls for red plum jam.  Believe me, even if it isn't your favorite normally, it is the best jam for this particular cookie.
 {9} Spread a thin layer of the jam on one cookie and fill another cookie sheet.
{10} Then, begin to top them.

 {11} Dust the tops with powdered sugar.

 {12} Finally, flip them over as you put them in a tin, and dust the bottoms.


Spitz Buban

1 lb. butter softened to room temperature (do not soften in microwave)
1 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 C. flour + more to make dough workable (I always use at least 4 cups)

Mix butter, sugar and vanilla until well blended.  Then add flour and knead dough until smooth.  Roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick.  Cut with diamond cookie cutter and brush the top with beaten egg.  Then dip in bread crumbs.  Bake in a hot oven (375) for 8 minutes.  You don't want them to brown.  When completely cooled, spread plum jam between two cookies and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  

Cookies stay good in an airtight container for weeks.


  1. These sound SO good!! What a fun family recipe--and I love that having a blog got you to write out the recipe and document making them!

  2. Yum! These look and sound delicious!

  3. These look delicious. So delicate and pretty.