Recipes that taste like “home” – Hilda Gebäck biscuits

July 2, 2019

After I shared a recipe for cheese blintzes recently, the one my mom used to bake from, I thought I’d kick off a new series on the blog, featuring our own classic recipes – ones that have been passed on from generations, or remind us of home and family, or just “old favourites”.

Laura-Kim Le Roux, an incredible mom of four, avid baker, blogger at Harassed Mom, and with a huge “can do” attitude, shared this recipe for biscuits called Hilda Gebäck.

Says Laura: “This recipe has a very special story. It was given to my mom by the mother of her sister in law. She was a little round German lady who spoke very little English but could bake like nothing you’ve ever seen before. When we went there, it was like visiting a bakery!

She used to bake these at Christmas and when she died, my mom just carried on making them. It is now a thing that happens every year at Christmas, regardless of whether or not we’re all together for the holidays.”


Grated rind of ½ a lemon

150g butter (must be proper butter)

75g sugar

1 egg

200g flour

50g Maizena

1 tablespoon rum

Red jam

Icing sugar mixed with water


  1. Sieve the flour and Maizena onto a clean surface
  2. Make a hole in the centre of the flour
  3. Add the sugar, egg and lemon rind
  4. Add the rum
  5. Cut the butter into small pieces and spread over the mixture
  6. Mix well with your hands, and refrigerate for an hour
  7. Roll the dough and cut into shapes using a flower cookie cutter
  8. Cut a hole in the centre of half the shapes
  9. Bake at 220C for 8 minutes
  10. Cool and then sandwich with jam, and spread icing sugar over the top

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  • Chantelle Rowntree

    This looks really yummy. I’m definitely going to try this. Is the rum flavour very strong?

    July 2, 2019 at 8:10 am Reply
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