Sweet alternatives for Christmas biscuits
Christmas biscuits taste best when they are home-made. Most recipes contain table sugar, but sweet alternatives are becoming increasingly widespread. One popular choice is xylitol, which is tooth-friendly and low in calories. Other options for sweetening your biscuits include honey, maple syrup, date syrup or rice syrup. Various sweeteners exist, but can take some getting used to.
Erythritol, stevia & co.
The calorie-free substance called erythritol, for example, leaves a slightly cooling sensation in the mouth, while the very sweet stevia, also calorie-free, tastes a bit like liquorice. The best thing is to just try for yourself what tastes best.
Recipe: Mailänderli biscuits without table sugar
Ingredients (for 40 biscuits)
- 250g wheat flour or light spelt flour
- 100g soft butter
- 125g xylitol
- a dash of lemon juice or a little grated lemon zest
- 1 egg
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tbsp. water or milk
- Beat the butter and xylitol with a hand mixer until light and creamy. Add the lemon and egg. Continue to mix. Sprinkle in the flour and mix quickly into a dough. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
- Roll out the dough thinly in portions, cut out the biscuits, lay on a baking tray lined with baking paper, put in a cool place.
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Mix the egg yolks with water or milk. Brush over the biscuits. Bake the biscuits in the middle of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Leave to cool on a cake rack.