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Vanillekipferl – the best Christmas cookies

Christmas means for us Vanillekipferl: those buttery and nutty Christmas cookies are our favorites and we have to do them often as they all disappear too quickly!

We love our Kipferl, literally “little horns” in German, with lots of nuts. You can use all kinds of nuts, we prefer almonds (whole, with skin).

There are many different recipes, as this is a very traditional Christmas Cookie in Austria and basically every family has its own recipe.

Mine is inspired by a traditional and quite old cooking book from Styria, the region we live in, called St. Martiner Kochbuch” *. I adapted the recipe slightly and am sharing it here with you.

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Vanille Kipferl – the best Christmas cookies


  • 280g flour
  • 210g of cold butter, cut in cubes
  • 70g of sugar
  • 100g of finely chopped almonds (or hazelnuts)
  • a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • icing sugar & vanilla sugar, mixed


  1. Mix together 280g of plain flour, 210g of butter cut in pieces, 70g of sugar, 100g of good quality finely grated almonds, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and one egg.
  2. Let it rest in the fridge for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Heat the oven at 170 degrees.
  4. Take a piece of dough and roll it with your palms to form a cone with a diameter of 1 or 2 cm. Take a piece (2cm) and roll it with your fingers, then curve it and make it thinner on the edges.
  5. Place on baking paper and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. In a bowl or plate put some icing sugar and drop the warm biscuits in (3-4 at a time), move them around gently with a spoon to let the sugar attach to the warm surface.
  7. Let them cool completely. Enjoy!
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Vanille Kipferl – the best Christmas cookies

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