The other day a package arrived through the post. As I wasn’t expecting anything, and am by nature very curious, I opened it quickly only to find inside a red metal box. A beautiful red box, reading ‘Nobis, Printen aus Aachen’.
Printen remind me of Christmas. When you open the box, scents of cinnamon, cloves, anise and coriander fill the room. They are Aachen’s specialty and sold throughout the year, to the joy of tourists and, well, me alike. Few written records exist on the origin of these cookies, but the Printen Museum in Aachen places them as far back as 15th century Belgium. Time when they mysteriously left the triangle Germany – Belgium – The Netherlands, the ‘nomansland’ and became the symbol cookie of Aachen.
Today more than 4,500 tons Printen are produced and shipped worldwide. Ideally though you taste Printen at the Aachen Christmas Market (from 22 November to 22 December), when they are oven fresh and accompany Glühwein (German mulled wine) perfectly.
A pre-Christmas treat, I am sure the cookies will be finished just in time to visit the Aachen Christmas Market.
disclaimer – all photos from the Nobis website
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