Thanks to our friends at Ama Waterways, we have the recipe for Vannilekipferl, which are one of Austria’s most delectable delights! They are often sought out by guests traveling on Danube Christmas Markets river cruise itineraries to Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.
1 cup soft butter
1 pinch of salt
2 tbsp vanilla sugar
1 egg yolk
2 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup ground almonds
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1. Mix the butter, salt, vanilla sugar and egg yolk in a bowl using a hand mixer. Add ground almonds and flour and knead into a dough, then divide into quarters.
2. Form four rolls, cover with cling wrap and cool for an hour. On a floured surface, cut the rolls into slices and form crescents. Put cookies on a greased or parchment-lined sheet.
3. Bake at 320° F for 12-15 minutes. Carefully remove and dip each cookie in powdered sugar while still warm. Cool completely on a rack.
Makes 25-30 cookies.
Want to read about the history, origins, and how to find them on your next Christmas Markets river cruise? Check out their original post HERE. Ready to work on planning said Christmas Markets or another river cruise? Click HERE to get started planning!