Vanillekipferl are an almond cookie which is very similar to a shortbread cookie, but made with ground almonds. This is one of the many German Christmas traditions that are so delicious, but taste great all year long. WUNDERBAR!
This almond cookie is one that I had at my friend Melania's house at Christmas. Her recipe starts with one from her old Dr. Oetker cookbook. However, Melania loves to adapt recipes to her own liking, often making them easier than the original
Holiday cookies these may be, but there's no reason not to enjoy them throughout the year!
Originally from Austria, these cookies are now a specialty of the Bavaria. It's assumed these are hard to make because the dough is quite fragile. However, it just takes a bit of practice ... and you'll do fine.
You can make these in two basic varieties. One uses almonds and the other hazelnuts. Melania's here use almonds ...
For another version of these Vanillekipferln check out this Vanilla Shortbread Cookie that is a translation of a German recipe sent in by one of our readers.
She's altered the recipe to make it simple and fast.
The recipe, above, and this other one are actually similar, yet different. Why not try them both and you judge which is best!
Why not make a batch of each of these cookies for your holiday platter. The different textures and flavours look so pretty, especially when arranged together on a tray. They also make great 'hostess gifts.' Just be ready to pass on the recipes!
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