Vanillekipferl (Crescent-shaped Vanilla Biscuits)
Christmas cookies are baked across Germany during the Advent season. Baking Christmas ‘Plätzchen’ is a deeply rooted German tradition and is passed on to children from a very young age, with every family passing on their own recipes from generation to generation. This tradition has produced a range of delicacies made from almonds, vanilla, cinnamon and many other ingredients, which can even be used to decorate a Christmas tree!
150 g soft butter
100 g icing sugar
½ vanilla pod
½ tea spoon cardamon
2 table spoons cream
300 g flour
some icing sugar to sprinkle onto the Vanillekipferl
Cream the butter until it is fluffy while adding, one after another, the icing sugar, vanilla and cardamon. Then add the cream. Sieve the flour and add it to the mixture. Cover the dough and cool it for an hour. Roll the dough into a roll with a diameter of about 1 centimetre. Cut the dough roll in small pieces of about 4 centimetres and bend them into crescent shapes. Place the Vanillekipferl on a tray covered in baking paper and bake them at 175°C for about 10 minutes. Once they have cooled, sprinkle them with icing sugar. Yum!