‘Vanillekipferl’ aka the best Christmas Cookies

Happy almost Christmas! Time is running these days and the countdown to Christmas is almost finished. One thing that is never missing at home around the festive season are some good ol’Christmas cookies! I’ll be honest, the first batch I tried failed miserably – I used too much butter (well margarine) and read the recipe wrong.. my mistake! The second time around, however, turned out perfectly – not to my surprise, since it is our family recipe from my mom’s black book of recipes she’s been keeping forever.

So here is what you need:

200g soft butter (or margarine, which is what I used)
150g of sugar (white)
2 vanilla pods
2 egg yolk
200g all purpose flour
100g food starch
150g ground almonds
powder sugar (to sprinkle on top)

and because it is so easy, here is all you need to do:

Mix everything together until you have a nice modelling clay texture, wrap it in plastic film and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes or longer (I left it in the fridge overnight -24h).

Now pre-heat the oven to 180Β°C and start preparing your cookies. You will want to take part of the dough and roll in into a ball in your hands with an approximate diameter of 2cm. Now roll the ball out into a thick worm-like looking string and place it on the baking sheet in a half-moon shape (see above photo if it does not make sense, hehe). Bake the cookies for around 6-10 minutes (depending on the size) until the edges get golden and take them out too cool. Once cooled, sprinkle them with powdered sugar and enjoy! The cookie batch makes around 45-60 cookies depending on the size.

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