Our favorite Christmas cookie recipes: Vanillekipferl

Our favorite Christmas cookie recipes: Vanillekipferl

by: Staff | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: November 28, 2016
Get to know your host nation a little better by trying one of their traditional holiday cookie recipes.


1 2⁄3 c
flour (plus additional for sprinkling)
2 c
powdered sugar (plus additional for dusting)
large egg yolks
Shavings from one vanilla bean
1 pn
of salt
3⁄4 c
ground almonds
2⁄3 c
cold, unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
Vanilla sugar for sprinkling (optional)
Melted chocolate (optional)


Yield: 2 dozen cookies
  1. Sift flour onto a pastry mat. Form a well by hollowing the middle of the flour pile. Mix the powdered sugar, yolks, vanilla and salt into the well. Add the almonds and butter, and chop up ingredients with a dough scraper. Knead dough briefly. Form a large ball, wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for one hour. 
  2. Sprinkle flour on pastry mat. Roll out dough into a 5-centimeter (2-inch) thick log. Chill briefly.
  3. Cut 1-inch thick slices from log and pinch middle to form crescent shapes. Preheat oven to 200°C and line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  4. Place cookies on lined baking sheet and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 10 minutes. 
  5. Sprinkle cookies with powdered sugar and vanilla sugar (optional) immediately after removing from oven. Or dip the end of the kipferl in melted chocolate and let it dry before handling. 
These traditional tastes of the holiday season will keep for several weeks in sealed metal tins. For more holiday recipes, visit stripeseurope.com.Source: Recipes adapted from the “Weihnachtliche Tupperware Bäckerei” cookbook.