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Christmas vanilla cookies

These vanilla Christmas cookies are popular in many European countries and go by various traditional names, such as Vanillekipferl in Austria, Vaniljekranse in Denmark, and Qurabiya in Greece. This recipe shows you how to make easy and delicious vanilla cookies without eggs or butter.


  • 200g margarine
  • 60g sugar
  • 250g all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 100g ground almonds
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 24 g vanilla sugar


  1. Warm up the margarine until melted and then mix with the sugar.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, ground almonds, and vanilla powder.
  3. Add the margarine-sugar mix and combine using a hand mixer for about 3 minutes.
  4. Wrap the pastry in plastic foil and put in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the oven at 180 °C (top and bottom elements).
  6. Take the pastry out of the fridge and roll it out onto a lightly floured surface in a 4-cm thick layer.
  7. Cut out half-moon shapes with a cookie cutter or cut into 1cm wide stripes and shape them into half moons.
  8. Put the half-moon cookies on a baking tray that is lightly oiled or covered with baking paper.
  9. Put the vegan vanillekipferl into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.
  10. In the meantime, mix the vanilla sugar with the powdered sugar.
  11. Take the vanillekipferl out of the oven and dust the sugar mixture over them while still hot.
  12. Allow to cool and remove from the tray.

Recipe originally published in the Vegan Holiday Recipes ebook. Download our PDF version of the recipe here.

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