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Vegan Vanillekipferl (German Vanilla Crescent Cookies)

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Vanillekipferl is a traditional Christmas cookie in Austria, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. To me, these cookies capture the Christmas feeling like no other. This recipe is a delicious vegan twist on this Christmas classic.

  • Total Time: 130 minutes
  • Yield: 60 Cookies 1x



For the shortbread dough:

250g Flour (type 450)

40g Powdered sugar

20g White sugar

1 pack (7g) Vanilla sugar

200g Vegan butter substitute

140g Ground hazlenuts

1 pinch Salt

For the vanilla infused sugar topping: 

20g White sugar

3 packs (21g) vanilla sugar

200g powdered sugar


Let your butter substitute warm up outside the fridge so it is nice and soft. Pass the powdered sugar for the dough through a sieve so there are no lumps.

For the dough, add the flour, soft vegan butter substitute, powdered sugar, plain sugar, vanilla sugar, ground hazelnuts, and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Combine the ingredients well and work the dough for 10-15 minutes until well combined.

Divide the dough into two equal servings. Roll the dough into a sausage shape with about 5 cm / 2 inch diameter. Wrap the dough into plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight. 

Preheated your oven at 175° C (350° F).

Slice your dough sausage into slices. Next, cut each of these slices in half. Gently press the slices against the curved side of a glass to give the Vanillekipferl their distinct shape. Place each of the Vanillekipferl with a bit of space on parchment paper on your baking tray.

Bake them for 8-10 minutes.

Combine the remaining vanilla sugar, white sugar, and powdered sugar.

Give the Vanillekipferl a generous dusting with powdered sugar while still warm. You can either bathe the warm cookies in the powdered sugar mixture, or dust them by using a sieve.


If planning to package these delicious vegan Vanillekipferl, let them cool completely before sealing them in a jar or box of choice.

Bathing them in the powdered sugar makes them sweeter and gives them a more even coating while dusting looks nicer and has a milder taste.

  • Author: Ivo
  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Rest time: Min. 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Cuisine: German, Austrian