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Schaum Brötle Recipe From the Kitchen of Rachael Hutchings

"Oma, who had trained under a chef in Switzerland after World War I, could make an amazing meal out of almost nothing."
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This holiday season we're featuring the BEST CHRISTMAS RECIPES that have been inherited from the women in our families. Our team over here at Today's Mama is sharing our very favorite, most nostalgic, holiday recipes and we've invited some of our friends across the internet to do the same.

Schaum Brötle Recipe From the Kitchen of Rachael Hutchings

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This recipe is for a light German meringue cookie passed down from my great-grandmother. They were my mother's favorite and became one of mine. They are very light and will crumble and melt in your mouth as soon as you bite into one. One of the ingredients in the cookies is the grated peel of one lemon which gives the finished cookies a wonderful, light citrus zing. They also include chocolate chips, which weren't initially included in the recipe, but were a later innovation.

My grandmother and great-grandmother were German immigrants and I've always been very proud of my German heritage. My mom says that when she was growing up that my Oma (her grandmother, my great-grandmother) used to visit for a week or more at a time. Oma spoke almost no English, and my mom never learned German. My Oma, however, was a terrific cook and took over the cooking when she visited. Oma, who had trained under a chef in Switzerland after World War I, could make an amazing meal out of almost nothing.

My Oma's cookies signaled the coming of Christmas. To my mom's knowledge Oma never used a recipe. She had everything in her head. Luckily, my mom's two older sisters had the foresight to sit with Oma in the kitchen while she cooked, and recorded all the necessary measurements and directions, so that we have some of her recipes. This recipe for Schaum Brotle is one of those recipes.

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  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Beat the egg whites until stiff and glossy and stiff peaks form. Beat in the granulated sugar a little bit at a time, and continue beating at medium speed for 20 minutes. Then add the grated lemon peel, chocolate chips, and nuts.
  3. Grease and lightly flour a cookie sheet. Spoon the cookie mixture onto the cookie sheet. Globs should be about the size of ping-pong balls. Cookies will expand slightly, so be sure to leave space between cookies for expansion.
  4. Bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes, or until you see only the very faintest hint of browning on the tops or around the bottom edges of the cookies. Don’t over bake! Carefully remove the cookies from the cookie sheets and allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
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Rachael Hutchings, author of La Fuji Mama, has eaten her way around the world, having lived in a variety of fun food locations, including Paris, Tokyo, Yokohama, Memphis, and Los Angeles. She features recipes that are a fusion of different tastes, influenced by her family heritage, the variety of places she has lived and visited, and the people she has met. Rachael is a self-proclaimed Japanese cuisine advocate and loves introducing people to the wonders of homemade tofu, packing bentos (Japanese lunchboxes), and onigiri (Japanese rice balls). Rachael currently lives with her husband and three children in Lehi, Utah.

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