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Vanillekipferl, Vanilla Shortbread Bites

Vanillekipferl, Vanilla Shortbread Bites
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Vanillekipferl are normally in a crescent shape. These irresistible shortbread cookies are vanilla flavoured and made with almond and hazelbut meals. Easy to make AND easy to devour. Seriously. You can’t eat just one. I’ll challenge you :)

Traditionally from Germany, I adapted my Vanillekipferl into a bite shape so the kids can help to prepare.

All year round delicious Vanillekipferl Treat!

Buttery and nutty, there are only a few steps to make the recipe. Generally, I make a few batches during the holiday seasons but any time of the year, you’ll enjoy them!

There is almond and hazelnut meal in it and you can make it almond only or just hazelnut if you wish. De-li-cious either way!

Vanilla shortbread ball in a brown ramekin with a red ribbon

The sweetness of life…

On Friday, I saw on the internet a funny card saying “Wohoo it’s Friday! Oh wait… I’m a mother”.  I really made smile and realize how true it is.  As much as I love my kids and spending time with them, weekends are definitely not the same restful weekends we used to have before parenthood.  With 2 kids of 1 and 3, weekends are made of endless laundry, folding clothing, cleaning, groceries…  And each Monday, with a teacher from the day care, we joke how my weekend is actually starting the Monday morning in my office with my coffee!

But you know what?  I would not trade my life for anything,  This is all worth it and as for the tiredness, add a little sweetness with those vanilla shortbread bites!

So buttery and nutty in your mouth, you can NOT eat just one!

Enjoy and have a wonderful week!

Aligned Vanillekipferl, Vanilla Shortbread Bites on a red ribbon

I highly recommend making my recipes using a scale but for your convenience I have also converted the recipe using this website.

Vanillekipferl, Vanilla Shortbread Bites

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Keyword: almond, bite, butter, shortbread, snack, vanilla
Author: Mélanie


  • 3/4 cup Almond powder 50g
  • 3/4 cup Hazelnut powder 50g
  • 2 1/4 cup Flour 250g
  • 1/4 cup Sugar + a cup 50g
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • a little less than 1/2 cup Soft Butter, (cut in cube packed) 200g
  • 2 egg yolks large
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract


  • In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients: almond and hazelnut powders, flour, sugar and salt. Mix well.
  • Add the butter previously cut in pieces and then the egg yolks.
  • Add the vanilla extract.
  • Mix it and work the dough so it becomes a ball and the ingredients are mixed together and hold. It will not look smooth.
  • Shape it as you wish. I found that making little balls is easier as it is very fragile when it comes out of the oven.
  • Bake it in a warm oven at 345F for about 10-12 minutes.
  • Let it cool down and toss it in the cup of sugar that you have previously mix with the vanilla powder.


Edit (May 2014): Sorry for the mistake in the recipe, I have written aveline powder but aveline is in French and I was so sure you could say it in English too! It is hazelnut! Silly me.

I buy hazelnut and put them in the food processor. No need to peel them. 

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    May 6, 2014 at 2:33 am

    these look so yummy!

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    May 6, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    these look very enticing but where does one get the various “powders” ? i never heard of vanilla powder before and what is aveline powder ? almond powder is or is not the same as almond flour ? do tell

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      May 7, 2014 at 1:50 am

      Hi Katherine, aveline powder is another word for hazelnut powder. I actually buy the whole aveline and put them in the food processor to get a powder. As for the vanilla powder, I must admit, I got it as a gift from somebody that went to Madagascar (with a bunch of beans too) and I have never seen any since.
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      Thank you for visiting Bon Appét’Eat!

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        May 10, 2014 at 2:42 am

        HI Katherine, I actually made an edit… So sorry! I am a silly French making words, no such word as aveline in English apparently! :) I updated the recipe too! Try it out now that is makes more sense.

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    Traci @ Vanilla And Bean
    May 9, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Hi Melanie!

    The little shortbread bites look delightful! I am intrigued by one of the ingredients: aveline powder. I’ve never heard of it, so I appreciate the explanation in your previous comment! Do you de-skin the hazelnuts before you grind them in the food processor? Thank you for a beautiful post! Well done! I think I’ll give these a try!

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      May 10, 2014 at 2:45 am

      Hi Traci, so made some research and it turns out that aveline is not a word in English as I thought eheh! So it is just hazelnuts. I do not de-skin them before grinding them. Let me know if you try them.

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    October 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Love love love shortbread – these sound delicious! Pinned :)

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      October 2, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you so much Anna :)

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