Do you remember my friend Monica? She made me so happy when she made me discovered a delicious Italian recipe a while back, crostata, a good pie with a good vanilla taste. Today, my turn to make her happy! I knew of her fondness for some “vanilla croissants”, German biscuits also known as “Vanillekipferl”. But the thing is I never cooked any! And internet is a jungle for this recipe: there are so many recipes that are so different from each others, difficult to make a choice!
I eventually chose to follow Hanane’s recipe (in French). No egg in it, I liked it :) And it was also an opportunity for me to use for the first time a vanilla bean (there are lots of recipes using only vanilla sugar). Well, a huge challenge! What a pressure on me to manage to please a person fond of Vanillekipferl ^^.
Want some delicious shortbreads with a good vanilla taste? Follow me!
For the biscuits
- 35g granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 120g butter at room temperature
- 140g flour
- 60g almond powder
For the finishing touch
- 60g icing sugar
- 2 packets of vanilla sugar (or 15g)
The day before, prepare the vanilla icing sugar which is going to coat the vanillekipferl : mix the 60g icing sugar with the 2 packets of vanilla sugar and keep aside until the day after. The icing sugar will have time to “infuse” with vanilla.
Same-day, mix: the granulated sugar, the vanilla seeds that you will get by cutting in half the bean, and also the bean cut in small pieces.
You will get a beautiful brown sugar with a great vanilla odor. Then sieve this sugar.
Into a salad bowl, add to the sugar that you have just obtained: the butter at room temperature (a few seconds into the microwave oven if you have forgotten to take it out from the fridge before!), the flour and the almond powder. Mix until getting a homogeneous dough.
Form a ball and divide it in 4. Then form 4 long shapes and cut each of them in 5 pieces. Form the croissants with each piece and put them onto a baking tray covered with some parchment paper. You will get 20 beautiful shortbreads.
Bake for 15 minutes at 170°C.
Let cool down onto the baking tray and coat each biscuit with the vanilla icing sugar. Put aside into a hermetic box until eating all of them :)
Those shortbreads are really delicious! Thank you Monica for making me discovered them and thank you Hanane of course for her recipe :p
I visibly succeeded my try :) The vanilla taste was there as it should be, just have to work on the shape now, to make them thinner!
Perfect for a coffee break or as a dessert, vanilla lovers, don’t hesitate a moment to follow this recipe, you will enjoy it!