Raspberry Jelly Rings

These delicious raspberry jelly rings will be the star on your cookie platter. It is a delicious almond cookie fused with an equally delicious jelly. You can make them with any type of jelly you like. By replacing the butter with margarine or vegan butter you can easily make these vegan. They are naturally egg free. 

The third day of advent is here already, it seems to go oddly fast this year. Next thing you know it’s Christmas, and probably a weird one at that. A very popular German Christmas treat are these cookies called Spitzbuben which translates to scoundrels. I have no idea where that name comes from, it is the one time a google search came up completely empty other than about a million recipes. You can make them with nuts, without nuts. With different flavours of jelly or jam. Apparently you can even make them with mulled wine jelly. I’m surprised no one has made rose scoundrels, yet. Don’t worry, you’re safe as I don’t like wine and refuse to make something I will not eat.  Even though they are a classic Christmas treat in Germany, jelly cookies or biscuits, if you are of the British persuasion, can be had anytime. 

Raspberry Jelly Rings

Yield: about 25 cookies depending on cookie cutter size Difficulty: 2/5 Time: 1 hour + 2 hours chilling time


  • 250 gr butter or margarine
  • 150 gr sugar
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 350 gr flour
  • 125 gr ground almonds*
  • 150 gr raspberry jelly** 


  1. Cream the butter, sugar and salt together with the vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients and knead everything into a homogenous dough. Wrap in cling film and chill the dough in the fridge for about two hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 175°C. Roll the dough out to 3mm thickness and cut out circles. Cut a smaller circle into half of the circles. Place them on a lined baking sheet and bake them for about 12 minutes until lightly golden. Leave them to cool slightly.
  3. Pair up your cookies making sure the bottom parts are facing one another. Warm up the jelly slightly and stir it well. Brush the disc with the jelly and place the ring on top. Fill the hole with more jelly, careful not to reach all the way to the top otherwise they cannot be stacked. Leave the jelly to set completely before placing the cookies in an airtight container. 

*replace the ground almonds with equal parts flour to make them nut-free

**the raspberry jelly can be replaced with any other type of jelly

Well, there you have an easy recipe for jelly rings. Feel free to experiment with the recipe and add any jelly or jam that you have on hand. You could even do a caramel filling with a chocolate drizzle and some sea salt. That sounds really good and I have to make these next year. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this blogpost and have a great day. 


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