A dash of sugar, a bit of spice and everything nice – that’s what Vanillekipferl cookies are made of. Molded into crescent shapes and dusted with vanilla-infused sugar, these traditional German Christmas cookies are simple, festive and made from almonds – one of the best foods (and ingredients!) for skin.
Every Christmas, my paternal German grandmother Erna would bake cookies and mail them in decorative tins, and her specialties were warming Speculaas (full of skin-soothing spices) and crumbly Vanillekipferl. I’ve carried on baking her recipes and have been happy to discover the hidden skin-soothing ingredients in every batch.
The almonds in Vanillekipferl are rich in vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin A, which is critical for healthy skin. They are also full of moisturizing olein glyceride linoleic acid, which protects skin against bacteria and keeps your complexion glowing. I like to use freshly-ground almonds or organic almond meal for my recipe. The texture is a tad harder to work with initially, but worth it! And for an extra dose of spicy antioxidants, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon into the homemade vanilla sugar (prepared a few days ahead of time). The end result is the perfect holiday treat.
Recipes for Vanillekipferl differ slightly, but my favorites are from Germany Insider and Martha Stewart. They strike the perfect balance of almonds and flour. Enjoy with a cup of tea or glass of homemade apple cider!
From all of us at blossom jar, Fröhliche Weihnachten ~ Merry Christmas!