May 17, 2014

It’s cold, rainy and windy outside! No matter what time a year, this feels like autumn. So naturally I feel like heating the oven, preparing for christmas and baking cookies. But then I always feel like christmas – best time a year!

When I was little my grandmother used to make boxes and boxes full of christmas cookies. At least 30 different kinds – cookie heaven! Nowadays my aunt and her magic kneading hands took over the tradition. My all time favorites are Vanille Kipferl – so I made my aunt teach me how to make them perfect: solid enough so you can pick them up – but as soon as they are in your mouth they crumble apart into bliss!


  • 400g flour [universal flour]
  • 100g fine sugar
  • 300g butter
  • 140g hazelnuts [ground]
  • pinch salt
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla sugar

[all ingredients need to be cold and processed quickly]

_ put flour, sugar, nuts and salt on a board

_ place butter in the center and cut cold butter into small pieces [5x5mm]fox_vanillekipferl3

_ knead ingredients [with a lot of pressure, but as short as possible] until it forms a smooth doughfox_vanillekipferl2

_ put half of the dough into the fridge [otherwise it gets to warm before you can process it]

_ preheat oven to 170°C

_ make 1,5cm thick rolls – cut of small pieces and form into a ball

_ put the ball into your left and and use the side of your right hand to form little rolls [about 8-10mm thick]

_ place them onto a baking paper forming a little U [if they brake – form a ball again and start over – don’t try to fix it]fox_vanillekipferl4

_ bake cookies for 10-15min [until lightly golden]

_ mix powdered sugar with vanilla sugar

_ sprinkle cookies with sugar while still warmfox_vanillekipferl5

_ let cool before taking them off the paper

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One Comment

  1. Jasmin says:

    Love these cookies, I ate it frequently as a child…
    I will probably make it with the first snow :)

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