It’s Christmas Time – Let’s Make Some Christmas Cookies by Anna Braetz

Hello Everybody,
My name is Anna, and I am Johannes’s sister. Today I want to share with you my grandma’s famous Christmas cookie recipe, “Vanillekipferl.” Since I am young, I made these cookies with my grandma every year; therefore, there can’t be a Christmas without Vanillekipferl. I am vegan for three years now, so my grandma and I adjusted the recipe; however, I promise the Vanillakipferl still tastes the same.

So let’s get started. First, mix the flour, sugar, ground almonds, and the core of the vanilla pod. Cut the butter into small pieces, add it to the other ingredients and knead it to a smooth dough. If the dough is too dry, you can always add some water.

Form the dough into a roll, wrap it in cling wrap and place it in the freezer for one hour. After one hour, start preheating the oven up to 180°C (356 Fahrenheit). Cut the dough into pieces of 1cm (0.4 inches). Form each piece into a half-moon, and place it onto a baking sheet. Let it bake for approximately 12 – 15 minutes.

While the Vanillekiperl are baking, mix the vanilla sugar and the powdered sugar. When the Vanillekiperl are done, let them rest for 2-3 minutes, and then roll them in the sugar mixture.

That’s it! Enjoy the cookies, and let me know what you think. Even if this is not a meal, you can always bring it with you as a little dessert or a snack. Below you can find the recipe.

Vegan Vanillekipferl:

280g of flour
70g of sugar
100g of ground almonds
210g vegan butter
1 vanilla pod
2 EL powdered sugar
2 EL vanilla sugar

2 1/4 cups of flour
1/3 cup of sugar
1 cup of ground almonds
7.5 oz of vegan butter
1 vanilla pod
2 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp vanilla sugar

About The Author


You think healthy and delicious food has to be expensive? Let me convince you of the opposite! Hello! I am Johannes, and I am 21 years old. Originally, I am from Germany; however, for two and a half years, I have been studying in the U.S, one and a half of them in NYC now. Being a college student comes with a lot of advantages but also some disadvantages. Especially when studying in New York, money is often tight, and days are pretty long because you have to work beside the school to afford to live in the greatest city in the world. I do many sports; I play soccer since I can walk, go to the gym for six years now, and I just like being active; therefore, it was always a hustle to get tasty and healthy food for a reasonable price. Some of you may have heard the saying “necessity is the mother of invention”, and I would not say I invented meal prepping, but I would say I came up with a lot of great meals that are delicious, healthy, and save you a lot of money in the end, because you do not have to buy expensive food during lunch break. So, over the next weeks, I will present to you some excellent meals that are easy to make, tasty, and save you some dollars. Some of them you might already know, some may be new to you, in the end, I promise you will learn some new dishes you can add to your repertoire. And even if you don’t meal prep, you should still try out some of these recipes because they also serve as a great nutritious lunch or dinner at home.

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