IMMB – SHF Cookie Swap Party: Braune Kuchen – Brown Cakes

cookie swapFor the Cookie Swap Party , a joint event of IMMB and Sugar High Friday. 22.05.2021 ** , hosted by Jennifer, The Domestic Goddess 22.05.2021 **, and Alberto**, Il Forno, you may share more than one recipe.

advent wreath
Friday I started with the Chestnut Cookies, yesterday I went on with the Apricot frangipane swirls and now – just in time for the 1st Advent – the recipe trial results in

Braune Kuchen – Brown Cakes

Braune Kuchen - Brown Cakes

These are not real cakes, but cookies. Where I live – in the North of Germany – these cookies are very popular and traditional . This reminds me of my childhood: No Advent season without „Braune Kuchen“. You have to know that we have also „Weiße Kuchen – White Cakes„, which are also cookies.

Braune Kuchen – Brown Cakes

Yield:about 50 cookies

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Brown Cakes – Braune Kuchen, traditional Christmas Cookies in Northern Germany


  • 100 grams butter
  • 75 grams brown sugar
  • 100 grams dark molasses
  • 75 grams almonds, chopped
  • 1 teasp. cinnamon, ground
  • 1 pinch cloves, ground
  • 1/2 teasp. pottash
  • 125 grams plain, Type 405
  • 125 grams rye flour, Type 1150



  1. In a saucepan warm butter, sugar and molasses on low heat. Fold in almonds, cinnamon and cloves. Leave to cool.
  2. Dissolve the potash in 1 tablespoon warm water and add to the mixture. Add the flours and knead until the dough is smooth and well combined. If necessary add 1 or 2 tablespoons water.
  3. Place into a bowl, cover with cling film and rest over night (or more) at room temperature.
  4. Roll out between clingfilm, about 3 mm thick and cut into 3 x 5 cm rectangles. Place on greased baking tray.
  5. Bake for 8 mins at 200 °C/fan 170 °C/gas 3 . Cool on a wire rack.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

total: 2 h
preparation: 15 minutes
bake: 8 minutes

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** 06.01.2019 no longer available
** 22.05.2021; no longer available

4 thoughts on “IMMB – SHF Cookie Swap Party: Braune Kuchen – Brown Cakes

  1. Suzanne at

    Braune Kuchen
    Wow, when I Googled this I really didn’t expect to find anything! My father gave me a recipe for braune kuchen that calls for cassia buds. After a bit of searching, I found a source for them and tried to make the cookies without really knowing how thick or how crisp to make them. Thanks for the photos. I wonder what is „potash.“


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