Signature dish: Markus Ferber's snowflake biscuits

German MEP Markus Ferber shares his favourite recipe for the Christmas season

By Markus Ferber MEP

Markus Ferber (DE, EPP) is a vice chair of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Tax Matters (FISC)

14 Dec 2023

My favourite recipe for the Christmas season is for these very special cookies, perfectly in tune with the most wonderful time of the year.  

The treats are called schneeflöckchen (little snowflakes). Not only do they look like snowflakes, they also behave like them. If you touch a snowflake, it dissolves.

And that’s exactly the feeling you get when eating these special Christmas treats. As soon as you press a piece against your palate with your tongue, it falls apart and melts in your mouth.  

I wish you a peaceful and merry pre-Christmas season. Have fun baking and enjoy! 


  • 250 g starch 

  • 250 g soft butter 

  • 100 g icing sugar 

  • 150 g flour  

  • A pinch of salt  

  • A vanilla pod 

  • Optional: zest of half an organic lemon 

  • 100 g icing sugar to dust  


  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients into a dough 

  • Roll out the dough and form into three long sausage shapes about 3cm thick, wrap in greaseproof paper and store in the fridge for about an hour  

  • Preheat the oven to 160C on top/bottom heat 

  • Remove the dough from the greaseproof paper and cut into small slices 

  • Roll the slices into hazelnut-sized balls and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper, two finger-widths apart 

  • Gently flatten each cookie with a fork, leaving a fork mark. To prevent fork from sticking, dip it in flour and repeat as needed  

  • Put the tray in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes 

  • Remove from oven and allow to stand on tray for five minutes before transferring (still on the baking paper) to a wire rack to cool completely 

  • Once they are cool, dust with icing sugar 



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