Vanillekipferln ~ Shortbread Cookie Recipe

German Christmas Cookies:  Shortbread Cookie recipe, the German Vanillekipferln

This Shortbread Cookie recipe, the German Vanillekipferln, is one of the best Christmas cookie recipes that's an easy version of the original. This is a translation of the recipe sent in by Gerhild Froeschke who loves to take recipes and change them to make them her own.  Usually, the dough needs to rest in the fridge for at least one hour. In this recipe, however, this step can be eliminated.

The secret to these German cookies? Using vanilla sugar. Either buy it or make your own following this vanilla sugar recipe.

Vanillekipferln ~ Shortbread Cookie Recipe


  • 1 1/4 cups margarine or butter
  • 5/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 1/4 lb. ground hazelnuts
  • 1 package or 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla sugar
  • Icing sugar to dust cookies


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In mixing bowl, mix together the margarine or butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, and ground hazelnuts.
  • Add flour, and continue mixing with Mixer or with your hands.
  • Shape the dough into a roll. Cut slices from the roll and form them into crescents.
  • Bake about 10 minutes, being careful that they don't get too brown.
  • Place cookies on a wire rack and dust with icing sugar while they are still warm. To dust them, put about a teaspoon of icing sugar in a small sieve and tap sieve to let icing sugar "dust" the cookies.

This photo is actually a picture of Melania's Almond Cookies. Same shape, just different recipe. Melania's use ground almonds as the nuts instead of hazelnuts. 

Both of these recipes are very good. Similar, but different. Why not try them both?

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