I am sure I have mentioned this before – I love Christmas time in Germany! The Christmas markets with mulled wine and all this amazing dishes and sweets!
As quick as I fell in love with potato cakes and Flammkuchen I fell in love with German Christmas Cookies. Today I am giving you the best recipe of Vanillekipferl I know.
Vanillekipferl are well known not only in Germany but in Austria(where they originated from), Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic. The main ingredients are the ground almonds and of course vanilla:)
Two years ago I had opportunity to learn how to bake them with sister of my husband – Katharina. She invited me for German Christmas baking and I was very curious how the cookies will turn out. As much as I love cooking – this much I fear baking. But under her guidance our cookies turned out to be delicious! From that time on I am confident to bake Christimas Cookies on my own. Christmas baking is very important part of German culture, I am glad I have learnt it from the best! This recipe below is the exact recipe I use for my traditional Christmas Vanillekipferl. I hope you will enjoy it!

German Vanillekipferl


  • 300 g flour
  • 125 g sugar
  • 8 g vanilla sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 125 g ground almonds
  • 250 g butter
  • icing sugar


  1. Place flour in a large flat bowl. Make a whole with your hand in the middle and place there sugar, vanilla sugar and egg yolks. Mix all ingredients well.
  2. Cut butter into small pieces.
  3. Add butter and almonds to the mixture. Mix all ingredients well.
  4. Now your dough is ready! Let it rest in the fridge for 30min.
  5. Roll the dough into 2cm thick rolls. Cut the rolls into slices and form little crescents.
  6. Bake the cookies at 180 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle them with icing sugar when still warm.
  8. Let them cool down on a rack before serving.

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