Angel eyes cookies recipe with jam

The delicious classics for Christmas!
Angel eyes cookies recipe with jam

Angel eyes (also known as hussar doughnuts) are popular cookies at Christmas that get their name from their round shape and the small hollow in the center that resembles an eye. They are made from a sweet shortbread and filled with jam or jelly, which gives them a fruity taste.

They are a delicious sweet that goes perfectly with a cup of hot tea or coffee and sets the mood for Christmas. In fact, you can let your creativity run wild when it comes to filling these delicious Christmas cookies. Whether you refine the small balls with currant jelly or even with nut nougat cream is entirely up to your taste.

The best recipe for angel eyes depends a lot on how you remember the cookie classics from your childhood. The beauty of baking these treats is that even novice bakers can make them with ease. For this reason, they are perfect for Christmas baking with children. You may also know them by their other name, as they are also called Hussarenkrapfen.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time12 min
  • Perform Time2 hr
  • Total Time2 hr 22 min
  • Yield≈ 60 piece
  • Serving Size10 piece
  • Energy468 cal
  • Cuisine
    • deutsch
  • Course
  • Cooking Method
  • Suitable for Diet
    • Vegetarian

Ingredients for your angel eyes cookies

Ingredients for your angel eyes cookies

  • 190 g flour (type 405)
  • 60 g hazelnuts (ground)
  • 150 g butter (room warm)
  • 70 g powdered sugar + something for dusting
  • 2 egg yolks (size: M)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 package vanilla sugar
  • 100 g jam (e.g. currant jelly or raspberry jam)

Required utensils

  • Food processor / hand mixer with dough hook (optional)
  • Baking paper
  • Transparent film
  • Cooking spoon
  • Piping bag
Thoroughly knead the wheat flour with the butter as well as the powdered sugar, the nuts, vanilla sugar and salt with the hook into a dough. Finally, add the egg yolks and knead into a smooth dough. Wrap the finished dough in foil and chill for about 2 hours.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and then shape into small balls with your hands. Cover a baking tray with baking paper and spread the small balls on it. Now use a floured wooden spoon handle to press small indentations into the balls. Be careful not to pierce the dough. In between, keep dipping the end of the stem in a little flour. The troughs are filled only after baking.
Then bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Celsius convection oven) for 10 to 12 minutes on the middle shelf. Make sure that the cookies do not turn brown.
Remove the almost finished angel eyes from the oven, let them cool on a baking tray for about 1 hour and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Heat the jam in a small saucepan, pour it into a piping bag and fill it into the small cups. Finally, let the angel eyes cool completely until the jam is firm. Ready are your delicious and homemade angel eyes.
Tip / Note:

If you are allergic to nuts, you can easily replace them with the same amount of wheat flour. For an extra subtle flavor, you can add a teaspoon of lemon zest to the batter.

  • Nährwerte

  • 6 servings per container
  • Serving Size10 piece
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories468
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat29.2 g78 g37.44%
  • Cholesterol131 mg300 mg43.67%
  • Total Carbohydrate45.3 g275 g16.47%
  • Dietary Fiber2.2 g28 g7.86%
  • Total Sugars21.7 g
  • Protein5.5 g50 g11%
  • Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)0.5848 IU800 IU0.07%
  • Calcium38.9 mg1300 mg2.99%
  • Iron1.2 mg18 mg6.67%
  • Potassium127.6 mg4700 mg2.71%
  • Vitamin A0.2177 mcg900 mcg0.02%
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)0.4 mg90 mg0.44%
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol)3.6 IU33 IU10.91%
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.0909 mg1.2 mg7.58%
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.1 mg1.3 mg7.69%
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)0.1 mg1.7 mg5.88%
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)0.62 mcg2.4 mcg25.83%
  • Phosphorus92.9 mg1250 mg7.43%
  • Iodine3.219 mcg150 mcg2.15%
  • Magnesium22.9 mg420 mg5.45%
  • Zinc0.8 mg11 mg7.27%
  • Copper0.2 mg0.9 mg22.22%
  • Manganese0.7 mg2.3 mg30.43%
  • Chloride34.3 mg2300 mg1.49%
  • Salz0.015 g6 g0.25%

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What jam for angel eyes / hussar doughnuts?

The filling of your angel eyes should be according to your personal taste. Of course, currants and raspberries always go and are a real classic. But rhubarb, orange or cherry jam are also excellent. Personally, I like to reach for the nut nougat cream, which I refine with a little cinnamon.

Still looking for some inspiration for the right jam for your filling? then here we have provided a list of 10 jams that you can fill your angel eyes with.

  1. Strawberry
  2. Orange marmalade
  3. Blackberry
  4. Apricot
  5. Plum
  6. Cherry
  7. Rhubarb
  8. Mango
  9. Pineapple
  10. Peach

However, there are almost no limits to your imagination. If your desired filling is too runny, you can try thickening it with some gelatin or agar-agar.

A jar of raspberry jam with fresh fruit on a wooden board
Raspberry jam is one of the most popular fillings. However, you can use any jam that you like.

What is the shelf life of angel eyes?

Packed airtight, the finished angel eyes will keep for 4 to 6 weeks. If you have actually baked too much, you can freeze the little treats without any problems. For this, however, I would do without the powdered sugar, because it absorbs the moisture during thawing and runs to a sticky layer. But let’s face it, these little treats are usually gone so quickly that there’s really no need to store or freeze them for long.

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More recipes for cookies classics

Are you looking for more recipes for delicious cookies for Christmas? Then you’ll find three more inspirations here.

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