Brunsli, meaning brown biscuits due to their dark brown color, are specialty Swiss cookies prepared usually at Christmas and served as a dessert with tea, coffee, hot chocolate or any other drink of the kind. They are usually cut into different funny shapes of various sizes, but all have the same common ingredients like: sugar, salt, grind almonds, cinnamon, clove powder, cocoa powder, flour, fresh white of eggs, bitter chocolate and Kirsch.
The aromatic components are mixed with flour, almonds, sugar and salt in a bowl to which white of eggs are added and everything is stirred until become smooth and homogenous. Chocolate is cut into small pieces and poured over with hot water; when melted, Kirsch is added and the mixture is gradually combined with the above mentioned flour. The dark dough is rolled out and cut into different shapes which are baked in the oven. The flavors of these biscuits are typically for the Christmas period, when the joy of this holiday is increased by the chocolate and cacao smell.
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