One of my favorite Christmas cookies on planet Earth are Austrian vanilla crescents (Vanillekipferl), similar to Mexican wedding cookies yet different. I decided to take that delicious cookie dough and turn it into a Valentines Day treat. The dough was easy to cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter. I found a great set of cookie cutters that will serve me throughout the year, see the link below. I added a bunch of red food coloring to make them even more festive. These are fun to make and even more fun to eat! One little appliance you should have on hand is a nut grinder. Also known as a coffee bean grinder, these little guys grind nuts to a fine consistency perfect for cookies like these. I’ve got another link below for you if you don’t have one. My German mom ground her coffee beans in this little guy every morning.
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, plus more for dusting finished cookies
- 1 cup softened butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 to 6 oz. walnuts, finely ground
- 2 1/2 cups flour, plus more in case needed for rolling out dough
- Red food coloring
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Beat together sugar, butter and vanilla; mix in nuts and flour.
- Add food coloring. Add as much as you desire; a little makes pink, a lot makes dark pink/red.
- If desired, place dough in refrigerator for up to 30 minutes.
- Roll dough out on parchment paper, or alternately sprinkle flour on your workspace and roll dough out..
- Using a small/medium heart shaped cookie cutter, cut the shapes and carefully place the shapes on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Roll remaining dough out and repeat the process until you’ve used up the majority of the cookie dough.
- Bake until golden for 13-5 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool. Ideally a cooling rack comes in handy for this. Once cooled, sprinkle or sift confectioners sugar on the little heart gems.
I placed the dough in the refrigerator for quite some time before getting back to the taak, and the dough was super hard. However it did soften up and become easy to work with after I worked with it for a few minutes.
If you don’t have a nut grinder, you can use a food processor, or a mini food processor, or you can put the nuts in a heavy duty freezer bag and pound them with a meat pounder. BUT the nut grinder does an awesome job of grinding the nuts nice and fine for cookie recipes.
If you are interested in purchasing cookie cutters or a nut grinder, see the links below. They are a bit faint so look for them! Cookie Cutters, and Nut Grinder may be found below.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: Austrian
Keywords: cookies, heart cookies, Valentines Day, Valentine, Austrian cookies