Vanilla kipferl are traditional European crescent shaped biscuits.
Most Christmas’ I have made these little biscuits, crisp and buttery they make great gifts.
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups plain flour
Preheat the oven to moderate 180c. Line 3 or 4 baking trays with baking paper
Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl till light and fluffy,
Chop walnuts into a fine meal, be careful not to turn them into paste.
Add chopped walnuts to creamed mixture, then add sifted flour and mix into dough.
To shape the biscuits, take small pieces of the dough and roll between your hands into tapered rolls, and then shape into crescents on the baking tray.
Store in a container with a vanilla bean. When you serve sprinkle with the extra Icing sugar.
You can use almond or hazelnuts instead of walnuts.
Eat these biscuits with a small glass of sherry, port or a dessert wine yummy christmas afternoon tea.
My recipe is from the November Women’s Weekly 2005. I have made it many times and love these little bikkies.
Wikipedia has great information about their origins. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanillekipferl