© 2010 Katelyn

Baking Mailänderli with Mom

On Tuesday, my German teacher gave our class an assignment. She let us pick from a pile of recipes to bake as homework for Frau Rohen (our German assistant teacher). I picked Mailänderli (pronounced – my lend er lee) – a traditional Swiss cutout cookie. When my mom picked me up from school that day, I told her we had German homework for next week. I handed her the recipe I picked. What I didn’t tell her was that the recipe was in ALL German. Our conversation went something like this:

Me: “Mom, I have German homework for next Thursday. I have to bake cookies for a surprise party for thanking my German assistant teacher for helping us. We are making her a card with notes from everyone and my German teacher is getting her a German book. Here is the recipe”

Mom: “OK, lets take a look at it. It’s in German!”

Me: “Of course, it is in German. It is for GERMAN class.”

Mom: “Oh, what was I thinking! Of course, it would be in German, but if they want these to turn out like cookies, we might have to use Google Translate to translate this.”

Me: “my teacher said that she would help us translate them in class.”

Mom: “lets see…. I can read the ingredients… can you get the directions?”

Me: “sure”. and I did.

So, today was the big baking adventure. We borrowed a rolling pin from a friend. We bought some tiny cookie cutters and all the right ingredients. It was an adventure to bake the cookies, because  we don’t have a mixer, so we had to mix it all by hand. Mom had to figure out how to convert grams of ingredients to cups/teaspoons/deciliter measurements. The dough was REALLY sticky that it stuck all over our hands. Hours later I am still finding some cookie dough stuck to my hands. The cookies got stuck in the cutters and on the counter. We don’t have a spatula to get them off the counter and onto the cookie sheet. Dad and I took a quick bus trip to the store to get brushes to smear egg yolk over the cookies but we decided that the cookies tasted better without the egg yolk on it.

All in all, it was a great day baking with mom. I decided we would try this recipe again sometime. The cookies taste like a butter cookie with a hint of lemon and flour. It’s from all the FLOUR we used.


  1. Bonnie Rossmann
    Posted December 12, 2010 at 6:12 am | #

    Katelyn your cookies looked yummy.
    It looked like you had a fun time with mom.
    I am going to miss decorating our cookie time together this year.
    We will just have to take time to have cookies and milk together instead while you are home.
    love you Sweetie.

  2. Dave Roeder
    Posted December 12, 2010 at 11:02 pm | #

    Nice work Katelyn!

  3. Janalee
    Posted December 14, 2010 at 3:00 am | #

    What beautiful mother-daughter pictures!
    Way to make a memory out of it! 🙂
    I’m sure you have MANY special memories now… ones that not every American mother and daughter get to share!
    Hugs to both of you and congratulations – they look like a success!

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