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German Sugar Cookies – Oma and Bella

Once you start watching Oma and Bella, a wonderful and moving film about food, friendship and survival, you are immediately drawn into the lives of Oma and Bella, and straight into their kitchen. Alexa, the filmmaker and granddaughter of Oma, is coerced into trying one of these sugar-encrusted cookies. We then see how Oma rolls, cuts, sugarcoats and bakes these biscuits, starting the thread of delicious food that weaves its way through the film.

This recipe has been shared with us by Alexa Karolinski as it appears in the delightful Oma and Bella Cookbook.


German Sugar Cookies
From the Oma and Bella cookbook, courtesy of Alexa Karolinski
Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
40cookies 30minutes 20minutes 180minutes
Servings Prep Time
40cookies 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20minutes 180minutes
Servings: cookies
Servings: cookies
  1. Place the butter in a bowl. Beat in the cream cheese.
  2. Fold in the flour and mix ingredients well so that they form a dough.
  3. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and shape to form into a ball.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or as long as overnight
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 C/175 F.
  6. On a floured board, roll the dough out until it is 1/4 inch /5 mm thick.
  7. Cut out circles with the rim of a small glass (or cookie cutter)
  8. Beat the egg white in a small bowl until frothy. Using a pastry brush, brush the cookies to coat one side.
  9. Pour the baking sugar into a bowl. Dip the wet side of each cookie into the sugar until generously coated.
  10. Place the cookies on a baking sheet/cookie tray and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden.
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4 Responses to German Sugar Cookies – Oma and Bella

  1. Pamela Attwood November 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    I can no longer roll out biscuits. Would it be possible to pick off walnut size pieces, roll into a ball, flatten on baking tray, brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar (carefully) or to dip the ball into the egg white and sugar and then flatten when on the tray. It is the way I have to make most biscuits nowadays and generally it works. Many thanks for your comment.

  2. Lisa Goldberg November 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    Hi Pamela.
    It’s a good question! All I can say is, it’s worth a try. The reason it may not work is that the dough is a little like a rough puff pastry (a lot of cream cheese in this one!) so when you cut it with something sharp, like a cookie cutter or glass, it allows the layers to rise. If you roll it into a ball, I wonder if it will prevent it from rising.
    It is such a soft dough that you could try to cut it into 8 pieces (more manageable) and then flatten one piece at a time with your hand or a spatula, and then cut the cookies out of the flattened dough.
    Please let us know how you go?

  3. dirtgirl November 10, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. We were lucky enough to taste these after the movie and really enjoyed them. I have now managed to my hands on some Pearl Sugar for the topping so will make some during the week.
    By the way we loved Oma & Bella, what a couple of characters! Couldn’t believe how much beautiful food came out of that minscule kitchen…….

  4. Sara August 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Watched the movie, ordered the book but just had to make these cookies so I found the recipe on your site. Wow! Are these cookies simply wonderful. They are like little puff pastries. My only question is I found the dough very sticky. I kept adding four so that helped but what could I have done wrong?

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