Skip to main content

A Swiss Macaron called Luxemburgerli

Most of you probably know the sensation when it seems you need to eat something sweet. For some people this is just a hunch, for others a definite craving. What sweets we eventually reach out to in this state of sugar craving depends largely on what is available in your country, region and - at the very moment - in your home.

In my experience, people have favorite sweets just like they have favorite savory dishes. These treats are many times what we phantasize about in our hypoglycemic state. For many it is chocolate in its different forms: classic chocolate bars, special chocolate bars like Toblerone or pralines. For others its wine gums or licorice and still others prefer a piece of carrot cake or a good brownie.

Almost everyone reaches out to a familiar candy or sweet food when they get the sugar craving. Here in Switzerland, chocolate is the most likely solution. Yet, there are also other very Swiss candies and pastries that work just as well for a sugar rush. One of them is the delicious Luxemburgerli.

What are Luxemburgerli?

Luxemburgerli are delicious bite-sized pastries that look a lot like a sweet mini hamburger. They are traditionally made of two biscuits with chocolate cream filling in between, much like the internationally known macarons. Luxemburgerli come in all colors and flavors, among them vanilla, chocolate, pistacchio, cappucino, chestnut, fig, champagne, raspberry and more.

Luxemburgerli are made by the confectionary Sprüngli in Zurich and can be bought at the main train station, in their shop on Bahnhofstrasse or online. The classic flavors like chocolate and bourbon vanilla are always available and every month there is a special 'flavor of the month Luxemburgerli'. 

By now, there are also several shops all over Switzerland selling duplicate Luxemburgerli under their own brand names, usually calling them macarons for copyright reasons. If you feel like making your own Luxemburgerli macarons, there are plenty of recipes available online.

The Origins of Luxemburgerli

The name 'Luxemburgerli' literally means 'small Luxembourgian'. Why would a Swiss pastry be named after another country in Europe? Legend has is that a Luxembourgian confectioner won a bakers competition in Zurich with his delicious macarons called 'baiser de mousse'. However, this has not been confirmed by Sprüngli.

In fact, the Sprüngli website describes the origin of the famous Luxemburgerli quite differently. In this official scenario Richard Sprüngli of the Sprüngli chocolatiers left home to gain experience abroad and somehow ended up in Luxembourg where a family of friends introduced him to the local macarons. He then was "gripped by the idea of making this delicious treat himself and so [...] the basic recipe for what are now the world-famous Luxemburgerli was created". 

Wikipedia on Luxemburgerli



  1. I'm going to have to try these. I love the macarons from Laduree, but to try a Swiss made pastry would be perfect.


Post a Comment

You have something to add or would like to ask a question? I would love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

How to Spot a Swiss Person

As an expat one usually spots fellow expats right away. It's not only the language or the looks of people but rather the little peculiarities of life that seem so normal at home that give us away while abroad. Obviously, it's a cliche that all people from the same place (country, city, continent) behave in the same way and I am far from making that claim. However, growing up in a certain surrounding does rub off on people's behavior and some similarities can certainly be observed.

This is also true for Swiss people. According to the Swiss stereotype, we are a clean, punctual and strictly organized people. However, there are many exceptions like my Swiss friend who is always late or my brother whose room was a total mess while growing up. Yet, although they do not fit the description of a typical Swiss person, they still have some traits that give them away as Swiss. The same is probably true for myself - if I like it or not.
10 Signs you are dealing with a Swiss Person So,…

10 Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Switzerland

The weather has been so so these last few days and will remain rainy and rather cold. No swimming in one of the many lakes of Switzerland, going on a nice bike trip or playing soccer outside unless you are willing to endure some heavy rain.
10 Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Switzerland However, there are plenty of fun things to do in Switzerland even on rainy days. Here's the list of my current favorite rainy day activities:
Alpamare: Biggest water park of Switzerland with dozens of water slides and pools. It's open all year round since most of the baths and slides are indoors. It is perfect for a rainy day since there are usually less people than on a sunny day.Zoo Zurich: The famous zoo in Zurich features bears, elephants, monkeys, tigers and the mazoala hall (a tropical glass house). Many animals can be visited in their houses.Swiss National Museum: The Swiss National Museum in Zurich gives an overview over the cultural history of Switzerland. Swiss Museum of Transport:…

Schätzli, Schnüggel and Müüsli - Terms of Endearment in Swiss German

If you've ever been invited to the home of a Swiss couple, you are probably familiar with the most popular Swiss German term of endearment "Schätzli" (little treasure) or one of it's many varieties like e.g. "Schatz" or "Schätzeli". Obviously, this is not the only pet name used by Swiss couples (or parents for that matter). Like many other languages, Swiss German offers a wide variety of words and phrases that you can use to address your loved one.

What most of these pet names have in common is the ending "-li" which basically turns the thing or person a word refers to into something small. For example "Haus" means house and "Hüüsli" means small house. This ending "-li" can also be added to first names as a means of endearment, e.g. Benjaminli, Estherli or Fabienneli.

I tried to come up with a collection of Swiss German pet names but realized I only know a handful. However, after combing through the interne…