Monday, January 10, 2011

Spelt Hazelnut Blackberry Squares

Spelt has such a funny name in German: Dinkel. 

Say it out loud. Dinkel.

Dinkel. Dinkel. Dinkel. Dinkel.

OK Sorry. 

Anywho, these squares were complete winners. Full of flavor, healthier than your average cookie and I love the little marzipan accessory on top. For those of you who made lots of jam this year, this recipe is a good reason to bust out a jar.

Spelt Hazelnut Blackberry Squares
From Dinkel-Nuss Würfel  recipe from Weihnachts-BackenVerlag Zabert Sandmann München 2008


  • Scant 2 cups spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 Cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean seeds
  • 1 teaspoons lemon zest
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup blackberry jam (or your favorite flavor)
  • 2 ounces marzipan


  • Whisk together spelt flour, hazelnuts, baking powder and cinnamon and set aside.

  • Cream together butter, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and pinch of salt.
  • Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
  • Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat until just combined.
  • Form dough  into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and chill for a half hour.
  • In the meantime roll out the marzipan and cut out shapes to decorate the cookies.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Measure out two pieces of parchment paper to fit two baking sheets.
  • Remove dough from fridge and roll out in a rectangle or square shape between the two pieces of parchment paper.

  • Transfer to baking sheet and peel off top layer of parchment and discard.

  • Using a fork or small whisk, break up the blackberry jelly until it it more liquid.
  • Brush over the top of the entire dough.

  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool.
  • Cut the dough in half stacking one side on top of the other jelly side up and trim the sides.

  • Cut into strips and then cut those strips into squares.

  • Decorate with marzipan cutouts.

Yield = 58 squares


  1. I love Dinkel baked goods. These squares look fantastic with marzipan.

  2. Are these dinkel berries? Doesn't sound so appetizing when you put it that way! (But they look dee-lish!) ; )

  3. Dinkel! That's going to be my new 'alternative' swear word that I can say in front of the kids. ;-)

    Delicious-looking bars and I especially love anything with marzipan!

  4. Oh how cute is that! Dinkel, I can hear my Grandmother saying it in her accent now.....Hazelnut and jam is a really great combination so I can imagine these are totally moorish.


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