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Vanille Kipferl ~ A German Christmas Cookie

Today I’m sharing Vanille Kipferl ~ A German Christmas Cookie! These cookies are very popular in Germany this time of year, although I believe they originally come from Austria. I grew up, finding these on every cookie platter during this time of year! They bring back memories and I just love the way they taste. They are delicious with coffee, tea or hot chocolate, for breakfast, as a dessert or afternoon snack, you name it! They are soft and just yummy! They are very easy to make as well, I’ve made them last weekend, I think I’ll have to make them again, because there are none left!!! 

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Ok, so here it goes:


~ 2 1/2 cups flour

~ 7 tablespoons unsalted butter

~ 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

~ 2 eggs 

~ 3 teaspoons vanilla sugar

~ 1 1/2 cups ground almonds

For the topping:

~ 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

~ 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and butter with your hands. 

2. Mix confectioners’ sugar, eggs, vanilla sugar, and ground almonds into the flour mixture. Place the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes. 

3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

4. Divide the dough into several parts. Roll each section of dough into little logs. Cut the logs into pieces and bend the pieces into a crescent shape. Place it on the baking sheet.

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5. Bake about 10 minutes. Do NOT wait until their are brown, take them out before, as they will turn hard otherwise. I usually poke them a little bit after 8 mins. approx. and if they are pretty firm I take them out. They become firmer when they cool. 

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6. Combine 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla sugar and toss to mix.

7. While still warm, carefully remove them from the baking sheet and dip them in sugar mix to coat.

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  • Lynn Spencer
    21/12/2015 at 11:53

    Good Morning Katrin,

    O.K. I thought I was done baking, but may need to give these a try as well. I especially love that the recipe seems so easy…I’m all about easy right now. My grandmother made something very similar, but called them Russian Teacakes; she hailed from Slovakia so I guess that explains that!

    Enjoy this time with your girls! Are they over the moon giddy right now?

    • Katrin
      30/12/2015 at 18:02

      Hi Lynn…it’s been a while, I hope you’ve had a great Christmas!! These cookies sure are good after as well…;) I guess every country has them in their own way, right? We had a ton of these in Germany last week, OMG, I think I’m good for a while..lol. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Ilka
    20/12/2015 at 18:40

    I think there is no other Christmas cookie that rings in the Holidays like this forever Classic! 🙂

    • Katrin
      21/12/2015 at 11:34

      I agree Ilka, for me it`s these cookies!!! Happy Holidays!!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Gingi
    19/12/2015 at 05:20

    How yummy!! I love trying different world foods!! We try to incorporate as many global traditions during the holidays as possible! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

    • Katrin
      19/12/2015 at 09:10

      These are super yummy and easy to make! Thanks Gingi!!

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    18/12/2015 at 15:11

    Katrin these kind of remind me of our greek shortbread cookies. We call them kourambiedes. And we sprinkle confectioners sugar on them at the end. In the end we are all fruit! (If you have watched “My big fat greek wedding” the father says we are apples and oranges so we are all fruit.) The reason I say this is because I’ve been seeing lots of variations on this cookie around this time of year. So we all have the same cookie with minor changes. Merry Christmas to you Katrin!!

    • Katrin
      18/12/2015 at 15:44

      That’s true Mary! I’ve seen these cookies around, but with a different name. But that’s like that with so many different dishes, like you say, we are all fruit!! LOL! Loved that movie! Merry Christmas to you my sweet friend 🙂

  • Keri
    18/12/2015 at 14:46

    Katrin, these look so yummy!!!! I’m putting them on my list of Christmas cookies to make!! I’ll definitely be pairing this delicious treat with a cup of coffee! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

    • Katrin
      18/12/2015 at 15:42

      They are so good! You know I like the easy stuff, and these are right up that alley! ;)Thanks Keri!

  • gigi
    18/12/2015 at 13:50

    Ooh! I think I just got some of those in a cookie plate! Okay,…dumb question,…are “ground almonds” the same as “almond powder”? Thanks!

    • Katrin
      18/12/2015 at 14:27

      Oh great! How did you like them? Yes, ground almonds are the same as almond powder or almond flour. you can make your own by just putting almonds in a food processor, but be careful not too long, because they get pasty… Thanks for stopping by Gigi! 😉