Can you see them all nestled in the tin? Hell ya! Those are spitzbuben and they are delicious. What is a spitzbub? A cookie. And it means naughty boy. If you eat a bunch of them (and why wouldn’t you?) you’d be naughty too. Actually I just thought they’d be a nice Swiss treat to celebrate the day I get my profit sharing check from the “the man” – as we used to say at Berkeley. It’s not much money, but I’m happy to take free money whenever it’s handed out.
So let’s get to the point. Spitzbuben are a shortbread type cookie and are filled with raspberry jam (that I thinned wit kirsch!). How is that bad? I used this recipe which is German and according to my Swiss mom they are a bit non-typical. There is a bit of ground almond in there and I rolled them out too thin so they looked like my idea of sandwich cookie, not the Swiss nation’s idea of a cookie. Wrong, yet still delish. Apparently my recipe is German (not Swiss!) and maybe they like almonds more. What evs. Thick, thin, almonds or no these are tasty.
The other note here is that these are traditionally Christmas cookies, but clearly would be enjoyable on Valentine’s Day/Profit Sharing Day too!