Vanilla Kipferl – Alsatian Christmas Cookie

Hello everybody!

I hope you all had a good time during the holidays and have been spoiled with good food and amazing gifts! No need to tell you that I have been cooking a lot during this period and especially Christmas cookies!

As I probably already told you before, I am from a region very close to Alsace and most of my family is from Alsace so I have been immersed in the culture since I am a baby. If you have been there or lived there you probably heard of the “bredele” which means cookies in Alsatian. And believe me there is a TON of different cookies we make for Christmas.

I have to admit that back in France I was very lazy and was usually only buying them at the Christmas market, but now that I am far away from home I have been making them myself. It’s not quite the same but it is still delicious.

vanilla kipferl christmas cookie recipe
















I know that I am posting this recipe only now when Christmas has passed already, but like I always say there is never a bad time for cookies, and these will be perfect with your coffee or tea.

Let’s start cooking!

This recipe makes approximately 20 to 30 cookies.


  • 120 g/1/2 cup butter
  • 45 g/ 1/4 cup sugar
  • 140 g/ 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste or a whole vanilla bean if you have
  • 60 g/ 2/3 cup ground almonds


  • 1 pack of vanilla sugar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar


1- Preheat the oven at 355 F. In a large bowl, mix the butter (make sure to let it at room temperature before so the butter is soft), sugar and vanilla bean paste. Mix well until you get a paste.

2- Then add the ground almonds and the flour. Mix well until you get a homogeneous and non sticky dough.

3- Form little moon crescent by rolling a little bit of dough and curving it to give a crescent shape. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for about 10-15 min.

4- In the mean time, nix the vanilla sugar, sugar and icing sugar together. Once the cookies are baked, let them cool down and dust them with the mix of sugars and enjoy!

This recipe is very easy and does not take too much time which I like a lot as I always have to make different kind of cookies during Christmas.

I hope you will enjoy this recipe and Happy New Year!

vanilla kipferl christmas cookie recipe










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Bon appétit!


One Comment Add yours

  1. lily says:

    thanks for sharing those precious recipe! it helps a lot.


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