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!
- 300 g flour
- 125 g sugar
- 8 g vanilla sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 125 g ground almonds
- 250 g butter
- icing sugar
- 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.
- Cut butter into small pieces.
- Add butter and almonds to the mixture. Mix all ingredients well.
- Now your dough is ready! Let it rest in the fridge for 30min.
- Roll the dough into 2cm thick rolls. Cut the rolls into slices and form little crescents.
- Bake the cookies at 180 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
- Sprinkle them with icing sugar when still warm.
- Let them cool down on a rack before serving.