Vanilla Kipferl are classic German Christmas Cookies. Melt in the mouth, Kipferl are made with almonds and vanilla and fill the house with a rich aroma while baking. It is fun to get kids involved in making the kipferls. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

makes about 40 small pieces

  • 300gm spelt flour or gluten free flour of choice
  • 100gm almond meal or almond flour*
  • 1 – 2 egg yolks at room temperature
  • 80gm un-melted coconut oil or cold butter
  • 100gm coconut sugar
  • 1 pinch himalayan salt
  • 1 tblsp vanilla essence

Method:

Mix flour, almond meal, salt and sugar in a bowl. Pour the yolks in the centre and add small pieces of un-melted coconut oil or butter, mix in lightly with a fork. Now work fast through the dough with hands so it is a smooth dough. Cover and keep the dough cool on fridge for 40 min. You can also leave it in fridge overnight if baking next day.

There are many ways to make kipferls. Prepare small balls and rolls them into the shape of moon crescent. One could also roll a cylindrical shape, cut into rings and shape them as kipferl Place kipferl on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven (160C) for approximately 12 to 15 min. Make sure NOT to over bake as  they can burn easily. Kipferl are ready when they are still a little soft to touch on top.

Take out of oven and dust with icing sugar while they are still warm.

* almond flour is made of blanched almonds, it is light in texture as the skin has been removed before grinding. almond meal is made of whole almonds and therefore it is a bit dense in texture.