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.
This photo is actually a picture of Melania's Almond Cookies. (My photo of Gerhild's Vanillekipferln didn't turn out.) 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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