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Gerhild's Vanillekipferln ~ Shortbread Cookie Recipe ❤️

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

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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.

The above 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?

Gerhild's Vanillekipferln ~ Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ cups margarine or butter
  • ⅝ cup granulated sugar
  • 3½ cups flour, all-purpose
  • ¼ lb ground hazelnuts
  • 1 package or 1½ tsp. vanilla sugar
  • Powdered sugar to dust cookies

Instructions:

  • 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 powdered sugar while they are still warm. To dust them, put about a teaspoon of powdered sugar in a small sieve and tap sieve to let icing sugar "dust" the cookies.

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between cups and grams or any such thing?

Use this site to give you all the different conversions for the different types of ingredients. 




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