What is Christmas without Christmas pastries? Vanillekipferln are one of the most eaten in Europe. And very easy to make.
A real surprise for me was to learn that they originally were made with walnuts. I never thought about nuts in the Vanillekipferln at all. Almonds don’t have an overwhelming own taste and are great for the vanilla flavour I would say. Hazelnuts are strong and in my opinion could cover the taste.
Originally they were invented in Vienna, Austria. They refer to the half moon in the Turkish flag. But what does Turkey have to do with Austrian cookies? In the 16th and 17th century Vienna was besieged by the Turks. And when they had to leave in 1683 bakers of Vienna invented the half-moon cookies and breads: Vanillekipferln and Croissants. The first official recipe has to wait another 200 years. In 1911 there was the first in an Austrian cookbook.
You can find them in Viennese coffee shops. But you will find them also in Poland, Hungary, and other eastern countries, and of course in Germany where they are a typical Christmas cookie. Especially during the 4 Advents you will be offered these – among other Christmas cookies.
They are very easy to bake and my gluten-free, paleo-friendly version is ready in a short time. I found the recipe in a magazine called Gluten Free. I changed only the butter into ghee and the dairy cream into coconut cream, used a little more flour and of course used another type of sugar, I used Xylitol. And, very important, I didn’t use vanille sugar but real bourbon vanilla bean paste.
Here is the Kipferl-Joy!