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!!!
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.
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.
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.