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vanillekipferl from {nifty thrifty things}

I know most of you probably can’t look at Christmas cookies any more without getting a belly ache after all the Christmas goodness.. I decided to still share one of the most delicious recipes I know: Vanillekipferl.

My mom makes these every year and I just couldn’t imagine a Christmas Season without them. She was generous enough to share her recipe and photos with us today. Thank you, Mama! :)

vanillekipferl from {nifty thrifty things}


Print Recipe


  • 12 cups flour
  • 13 (generous) cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 34 cups butter
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 pinch salt
  • some powdered sugar



In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.


Cut the butter in pieces and mix in with your hands.


Add the sugar, ground almonds, vanilla and egg yolks and mix into a dough.


Divide the dough into two parts and roll into two rolls. Let cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours.


Preheat the oven to 320°F (160°C).


Cut each of the two rolls into 35 slices.


Take each slice and form into a ball, then roll and form into a semicircle (crescent).


Place the vanillekipferl on a lined baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes at 320°F (160°C).


Sift powdered sugar onto the top of the vanillekipferl while they’re still warm.

vanillekipferl from {nifty thrifty things}

I’m partying here! ❤

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    Nana Diana
    Tuesday January 8th, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I have never had these but they sound wonderful! xo Diana

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    Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Tuesday January 8th, 2013 at 01:22 PM

    Sounds scrumptious, looks beautiful. Pinning!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

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    Tuesday January 8th, 2013 at 02:37 PM

    Your mother so creative. not only do these cookies sound delicious, the whole post is so beautifully styled and photographed. Just gorgeous!

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    Tracy @
    Tuesday January 8th, 2013 at 03:52 PM

    YUM!!! My grandmother used to make these, and they were delicious. If you’re using vanilla extract instead of a vanilla bean, how much do you think you would use?!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday January 9th, 2013 at 09:26 PM

      That is wonderful that your grandma used to make these, too! :)
      I’m not 100% sure about it, but I would probably use 1 12 to 2 teaspoons of extract. Can’t have enough of it in there, though, hehe.
      xo! Vanessa

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    Kelly @ Leafy Not Beefy
    Tuesday January 8th, 2013 at 04:00 PM

    Oh, those look so good! I have German roots, so I’m thinking I need to make these sometime this winter yet (with a few minor modifications due to not using dairy) Also think your blog is so beautiful in the design and color scheme — very peaceful and sweet!


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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday January 9th, 2013 at 09:28 PM

      Thank you so much for your super sweet comment-love, Kelly! :) So happy to have you here!
      Let me know how you like the Vanillekipferl!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Noemi Molnar
    Tuesday January 8th, 2013 at 05:44 PM

    Mmm, I love these cuties! I’m writing down this recipe to make them for this year’s Christmas! Thank you Vanessa! You always give us a great recipe! :)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
    Tuesday January 8th, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    These look SO good. I’m never tired of cookies!

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    Thursday January 10th, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Hi Vanessa. i do understand you love for these Christmas cookies! I looove them, and I always bake them for Christmas — they really have a delicious crumb and so different from other Christmas cookies. I will definitly try your mum’s recipe, because I’m actually baking knipferln all years round :-) thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful day

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday January 11th, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Please let me know how you like the recipe and if it turns out the ones you usually bake are better, please send me the recipe! Hehe
      Thanks for your sweet words!
      I hope you’ll have an amazing weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Wanda Ann @Memories by the Mile
    Monday January 14th, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Thank you for linking these up, they are so pretty and I can’t wait to try them! I featured them today on
    Be sure and come to the party tomorrow.
    Wanda Ann

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