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Austrian Vanillekipferl Recipe
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Austrian Vanillekipferl Recipe

Authentic and best Austrian Vanillekipferl Recipe - fully translated into English and adapted to US measuring. Just 7 ingredients. Super easy + VIDEO
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time26 mins
Total Time51 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Austrian
Keyword: how to make vanilla kipferl, vanillekipferl
Servings: 40 cookies
Calories: 74kcal


  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup ground walnuts (60g)
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar (50g)
  • 1 ¾ cups flour (210g)
  • ¾ cup butter (170g)
  • 3 vanilla beans
  • ½ cup powdered sugar sifted (60g)


  • In a big bowl, combine egg yolks, ground walnuts, sugar, flour, butter, and 2 vanilla beans* and mix with a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment on medium-low speed until the dough comes together. Knead a few times with your hand. Form to a hot dog shape and wrap in plastic. Chill in the fridge for about 1 hour or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F / 160°C and line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Cut dough in half lengthwise and put one half back in the fridge until you are done with the first batch.
  • Roll dough on a well-floured surface into a rope and cut into walnut-sized pieces. Roll pieces quickly with your fingers on a well-floured surface into small ropes with a bit thinner edges and a bit thicker middle part and form to crescents. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes until they look pale, puffed, and dry. Let cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Repeat with second half of dough.
  • Mix sifted powdered sugar and 1 vanilla bean* in a small bowl until well combined. Sift vanilla sugar on top of both sides of the Vanillekipferl. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.



*First, cut off the straight end of the vanilla bean. Then place the tip of your sharp knife below the curled end and cut the vanilla bean through the middle of the bean lengthwise. Although you don't need to cut it all the way through, it's ok when you do so. Then open the vanilla bean and scrape out the flavorful seeds with the back of your knife. Just use the seeds.


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.3mg