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5 from 2 votes

Basler brunsli (chocolate almond cookies)

These chocolate almond cookies are a classic Swiss Christmas cookie with a wonderful flavor and texture.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
rest time3 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Swiss
Servings: 30 approx
Calories: 52kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • 1 cup almond flour 100g (3.5oz)
  • ½ cup sugar 100g (3.5oz)
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate 85g (3oz)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg white


  • Put the almond flour, sugar, chocolate, cinnamon and cloves in a food processor and process until you are left with a fine powder.
  • Add the egg white and pules until everything combines. Bring the dough together into a ball. At this point, you can wrap and chill the dough if you prefer to make it a bit easier to work with.
  • Place a piece of parchment on your worktop. Sprinkle it with sugar, flatten the dough slightly and put on top then sprinkle with a little more sugar. Cover with another piece of parchment then roll out. I have rolled to around ¼ inch (3mm) but you can make these a little thicker.
  • Cut out shapes (eg stars, flowers or as you prefer) and transfer the cut cookies to a lined baking sheet/tray. Leave to air dry for at least 3 hours but overnight is also fine.
  • Preheat the oven to 325F/160C then once it reaches temperature, bake the cookies for around 12-15 minutes until the tops are gently puffed up and dry.
  • Leave to cool 5-10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight box until needed (they'll keep a week or two). You can decorate with a dusting of powdered sugar or a chocolate glaze, if you like.



If the dough is very wet, you can add a little more almond flour, if needed, but it will be more moist than many cookies doughs. 
The sugar for rolling out should be fairly fine - regular sugar in the US is fine, but in UK, use caster sugar.


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg