One of my fondest memories growing up is baking with my mother for the Christmas holiday. Since she is Austrian, she made traditional Austrian and German Christmas baked goods. What I especially like about these is that they are made with simple ingredients. Most of them include some sort of nut, usually either almonds or hazelnuts.
Today I made Vanillekipferl, which translated are vanilla cookies. This delicate cookie is made with almonds, flour, sugar, butter, and egg, and the dough is shaped into a crescent. Once they are baked and while they are still hot they are coated with a combination of sugar and Vanillinzucker (vanilla sugar). Many grocery stores carry this in their baking section. If your grocery store does not carry it you can purchase it at Cost Plus World Market.
Lili and Kepler joined me today in the kitchen. They keep me company while I am cooking and always hope to get a treat during the process! As you can see Kepler is keeping a close eye on me and is watching to see if I drop anything that he can grab!
Vanilliekipferl are a wonderful addition to your baking this year. Give them a try! I am sure they will be a hit with your family and friends.Print
Popular Austrian cookie made during the Christmas season.
- 1 cup plus two tablespoons Unsalted butter at room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- 1 pkg Vanillin Zucker
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray sheet pan (any size) with pan release or line with parchment paper.
- Place butter and sugar in mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy about 5 minutes, scraping sides of the bowl halfway through mixing.
- Add.flour, salt, ground almonds, and egg. Mix on low speed until well combined.
- Take 1 tablespoon dough and roll between your hands to form a log. Lay on sheet pan and shape into a crescent. Continue making crescents until you have used all your dough.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until the bottom of the cookie is lightly brown.
- While cookies are baking, combine one package of Vanillin Zucker with 3/4 cup sugar.
- As soon as the cookies are done baking, with a spatula place about 4-6 cookies in the vanillin-sugar combination and using a spoon lightly toss them in the sugar until they are coated.
- Place the sugar-coated cookies on a plate to cool completely.
Vanillin Zucker can be purchased at Cost Plus World Market, Whole Foods and other grocery stores. You will find it in the baking section.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavored to be as accurate as possible.