These Vanillekipferl cookies are popular in Germany, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, and other European countries. Vanillekipferl are basically vanilla crescent cookies made with ground hazelnuts or almonds and dusted with powder sugar. This is a super easy Vanillekipferl recipe and extremely addicting. Try having just one. I warned you.
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HOW TO MAKE GROUND ALMONDS
You can buy ground hazelnuts or almonds in most grocery stores. Also called hazelnut or almond flour. If you can’t find these two ingredients, you can easily make your own using raw hazelnuts or almonds.
Place a cup of hazelnuts or almonds in a food processor or a strong blender. Pulse until you have a coarse meal. Do not pulse too long otherwise, you will end up with almond butter.
HOW TO MAKE VANILLA SUGAR
Vanilla sugar isn’t a common baking ingredient in North American but you can likely find it in the baking section. The brand that I have seen in stores is Dr. Oetker. Vanilla sugar is a popular ingredient for most baked goods in Europe. If you cant find it in your grocery store, you may also order it online at Amazon.ca or Amazon.com. If you can’t get your hands on vanilla sugar, just use regular powdered sugar.
Vanillekipferl Recipe Ingredients
This recipe was provided from the Germany Tourism Board and Arnd Erbel.
- 150g unsalted butter at room temperature
- 100g Granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 50g finely ground hazelnuts or almonds
- 125g All-Purpose Flour
- 1g baking powder
- 125g wholewheat flour
- 1 small egg
- 100g vanilla powdered sugar or plain
- parchment paper
Vanillekipferl Recipe Instructions
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375
Step 2: Mix the salt, hazelnuts (or almonds) all purpose flour, baking powder, and whole meal flour.
Step 3:Thoroughly knead the granulated sugar and butter by hand until mixed.
Step 4: Add the egg and the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture. Knead by hand until all the dry ingredients are completely combined and no longer visible.
Step 5: Make a 50cm long roll of the dough or half the dough and make two rolls.
Step 6: Cut the roll into 1cm pieces.
Step 7: Form each cut dough pieces with both hands into a crescent.
Step 8: Place the vanillekipferl dough crescents onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Step 9: Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until the ends of the crescents are slightly brown.
Step 10: remove the vanillekipferl cookies from the oven. After letting the vanillekipferl cookies rest for one minute, sprinkle the vanillekipferl cookies with the powdered sugar.
Step 11: Enjoy your delicious vanillekipferl cookies.
How to Store Vanillekipferl Vanilla Crescent Cookies
After the cookies have cooled, you can store them in an air tight reusable glass, plastic container or even in a cookie jar. The cookies can keep for several weeks. If you have made a big batch of cookies or have started your Christmas baking early, then you can even store you Vanillekipferl cookies in a zip lock back and put them in the freezer for an extended period of time. Just let them sit on your kitchen counter to defrost.
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