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round cookies coated with sugar on a white fabric.

German Heidesand Cookies

Heidesand or heath sand cookies are traditional German shortcrustcookies rolled in sugar, sliced, and baked. Really simple but really good.
Course Cookies
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 35
Calories 77kcal
Author Adina


  • 100 g soft unsalted butter 3.5 oz/ scant ½ cup (Note 1)
  • 50 g icing sugar 1.7 oz/ ½ cup
  • 25 g marzipan paste 0.8 oz/ ¼ cup (grated and loosely packed)
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar or 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (Note 2)
  • 1 organic lemon only the zest
  • 125 g all-purpose flour 4.4 oz/ 1 cup
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar


  • Pastry: Mix the soft butter, icing sugar, grated marzipan paste, vanilla sugar, or extract and grated lemon zest using a handheld mixer. The mixture should get creamy. Sieve the flour over this mixture and incorporate it. Form a long pastry roll, about 4 cm/ 1.6 inch thick. Halve the roll, wrap each half in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  • Cut cookies: Whisk the egg yolk with a fork and brush the pastry rolls all over. Place the granulated sugar on a plate and toss the roll to coat in sugar. Cut the rolls into ½ cm/ 0.2 inch slices. Place the pastry slices on the prepared baking trays.
  • Bake for about 10-15 minutes until the cookies are golden.


  1. Always use a digital kitchen scale in baking; it ensures the best results (Amazon affiliate link).
  2. Typically you would use vanilla sugar, which is very common in Germany. However, if it's not available where you live, replace it with ½ teaspoon vanilla extract.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 22mg | Sugar: 8g