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Vanilla Kipferl (Asutrian Christmas cookies)

Get a taste of the famous Austrian cookies this Christmas. They are soft and crumbly, and you won’t be able to stop at one.
Servings 32 cookies


  • 100 g butter
  • 45 g icing sugar
  • Vanilla seeds from 1 vanilla pod
  • 125 g flour
  • 35 g pecans finely ground
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Vanilla sugar as needed


  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cream the butter and icing sugar until light and smooth. Add the vanilla seeds until evenly blended.
  • Add the flour, cinnamon and ground pecans and mix until just blended.
  • Divide into 4 equal parts and shape each into a log using the cling film and chill for 45 min – 1 hour.
  • Divide each quarter into 8 equal pieces and form into a crescent shape.
  • Bake for 8 – 10 mins at 175 °C.
  • While still hot out of the oven dust with vanilla sugar. Repeat once cookies are completely cool.