Brunsli (Swiss Brownies, A Christmas Treat)

Makes about 50 cookies

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 9 ounces ground almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 fresh egg whites
  • 3.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons kirsch

Preparation:

In a bowl, combine sugar, salt, almonds, cinnamon, cloves, cocoa, and flour.  Add egg white and stir to combine.

Cut chocolate in small pieces.  Pour hot water over the chocolate and let rest 5 minutes.  Pour off water, reserving 1/2 tablespoon.  Stir water into chocolate.

Add the kirsch and chocolate into the flour mixture and knead to form a soft dough.  Roll out on a flat surface and cut into shapes.  Place on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.

Let cookies rest  5 to 6 hours, up to overnight, in a dry place.

Bake for 4 to 6 minutes in a preheated 475 degree F oven.

Let cool before serving.