Funny how differently I approach the Christmas season from year to year. Last year I started my first christmas baking at the end of September to prepare for my Advent calendar here on Strudel & Cream.
This year Christmas sneaked up on me, at least in the kitchen. I baked my first Christmas cookies only last Friday, on December 20th. This makes a short but very intense Christmas baking season. The smell of cookies in the kitchen and all over the apartment, while the freshly bought Christmas tree is waiting on the balcony to become the real star in the living room – once decorated of course. What a count down to Christmas Eve.
These Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents) are typical Austrian Christmas cookies, one of the most popular and well known ones. Easy to make they get their distinct vanilla taste from turning them in vanilla sugar while still warm, right after they come out of the oven. Additionally you can sprinkle them with the left over sugar right before serving.
Are you still looking for a Christmas present? These Vanillekipferl also double as a great last minute Christmas gift.