These little sugary moon shaped cookies are always at the top of our list to bake for the Advent season and they are probably one of the most popular Christmas cookies in Germany. A Kipferl is a crescent shape. They are fun to make, especially if you have a lot of helpers. My son Lukas used to call them Vanilla Moons when he was little. He was a great helper! He would try so hard to make that crescent shape! But after a couple of them he would move on to forming beautifully immaculate full moons with his little hands (blobs).
This cookie is older than the Christmas tree and it shares its Pagan origin. It became really popular after the synthetic vanilla flavor Vanillin was discovered at the end of the 19th century.