Growing up in Germany, Christmas was full of traditions. From baking Stollen to celebrating “Nikolaus” on December 6th, there was a lot to look forward to during the month of december! Now, living in Canada with children of my own, I still like to bake a lot of the traditional sweets, and eat Lebkuchen (a German kind of gingerbread) and surprise them with treats and stocking stuffers at Nikolaus. I gave up though on finding a proper Adventskranz, which is a wreath with four candles… I’ll have to make my own someday!
There are a lot of traditional Christmas cookies. My very favourite one is the Vanillekipferl, little vanilla flavoured crescents that melt in your mouth!
Ingredients (makes about 50 cookies):
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
7 oz. unsalted butter
1 cup ground almonds
seeds of 1 vanilla bean
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle, mix flour, sugar, butter, grounds almonds and vanilla seeds until the dough comes together.
Shape into crescents and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until light blond.
Mix the vanilla sugar and icing sugar. While the cookies are still warm, coat them with the mixture. You can let them cool on the baking sheet since they are very fragile while warm.