The 6 best recipes for vanilla rolls: taste the vanilla temptation

Vanilla rolls, almond rolls, walnut rolls or vanilla rolls dipped in chocolate.

Delicately crumbly, buttery with a hint of vanilla.

That’s the feeling in your mouth when you bite into your roll.

Let’s introduce a variety of simple recipes for this Christmas cookie.

Classic vanilla rolls with eggs

Although you will find recipes that include eggs, traditionally this ingredient is not included. By adding eggs, you will make it easier to work with the dough, which will be more pliable and easier to shape into the already mentioned moons.


  • Plain flour 150g
  • Butter 100g
  • Peeled almonds or walnuts 60g
  • Vanilla sugar 2 bags
  • Egg yolks 2 pcs
  • Icing sugar for sprinkling/wrapping
  • Pinch of salt


  • Put the butter and flour in a bowl and mix them well.
  • Then add the ground/crushed nuts, vanilla sugar, salt and egg yolks and work the dough with a robot or by hand.
  • Divide the dough into 4 pieces, which you shape into rolls, which you wrap in cling film.
  • Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour, but no longer than two days.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C, take the dough rolls out of the fridge.
  • Cut the rolls into smaller pieces, shape them into crescents-rolls, which you line the baking paper with.
  • Bake the rolls for approximately 11-12 minutes until golden brown.
  • After baking, let the rolls cool for 2-3 minutes and in the meantime prepare the powdered sugar for coating.
  • Roll the still warm rolls in sugar and we’re done.
  • Store the cooled rolls in a cool environment, where they will last up to several weeks.
Rolls sprinkled with sugar

Eggless rolls with walnuts

The nature of this candy owes its fragility to the butter content and the absence of an egg. This is a so-called cookie with nuts and vanilla sugar, which you can either buy in the store or simply prepare yourself (learn more below).


  • Plain flour 280g
  • Powdered sugar 40g
  • Ground walnuts 80g
  • Butter 200g
  • Vanilla sugar 2 bags
  • Lemon peel
  • Icing sugar for sprinkling/wrapping

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  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well combined.
  • You should have a smooth dough.
  • Then shape this dough into a cylinder with a diameter of about 3-4 cm and wrap it in plastic food film.
  • Leave to rest in the fridge for at least an hour or two.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Cut the roll of dough into small pieces, from which shape small rolls.
  • Place the rolls on a tray lined with baking paper.
  • Bake individual batches of vanilla rolls for 12-15 minutes (depending on the size of the rolls) or until they start to turn golden.
  • While baking, mix the powdered sugar with the vanilla sugar (instructions for making your own vanilla sugar below).
  • Wrap the finished and still warm rolls in the sugar mixture two minutes after taking them out of the oven.
  • Allow the wrapped rolls to cool completely and then they are ready to serve.
  • And what’s great – it stays fresh for several weeks in a cold environment.
Christmas rolls in sugar

Christmas rolls with cinnamon

Add a pleasant aroma and spicy sweet taste to your candy. Bake vanilla rolls with cinnamon, with which you will certainly stand out from the run-of-the-mill classics.


  • 4 cups plain flour
  • ¾ cup chilled butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 yolks from larger eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 whites from larger eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, mix the flour with the butter into a lumpy mixture.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, egg yolks and vanilla extract.
  • Add the resulting mixture to the lumpy mixture and mix until the dough forms a ball.
  • Wrap the resulting ball of dough in cling film and refrigerate for 4 hours (preferably overnight).
  • Divide the dough into quarters and form them into rolls, which you divide into small pieces, from which you shape small rolls.
  • In a bowl, beat the egg whites with water, which you will use to coat the rolls.
  • In another bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon, which you then sprinkle on the coated rolls.
  • Bake the coated and sprinkled rolls, laid out on baking paper, at 180°C for 15-17 minutes or until golden.
  • Store baked, cooled rolls in a cool place.
A plate of cinnamon rolls

Almond rolls

Traditionally, vanilla rolls are made with ground walnuts, which are the cause of the moist and deliciously crumbly texture. However, ground almonds can also be used. It is the almond vanilla rolls that are lighter with a more velvety taste.


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 2 and 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup almond flour (ground almonds can be used)
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar for sprinkling/coating


  • Mix butter with sugar, add vanilla extract, almond extract and mix.
  • Then add plain flour with almond flour/almonds.
  • Shape the mixture into a roll, which you wrap in cling film.
  • Leave to rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  • Cut the rested dough into small pieces, which you then shape into rolls.
  • Place the rolls on baking paper and then bake at 180°C for 15-20 minutes, or until golden.
  • Remove the rolls from the oven and let them rest for 2-3 minutes.
  • While still warm, roll in sugar and store in a cool environment.
Stacked rolls with cinnamon

Half-soaked almond-vanilla rolls

A popular recipe in many European countries are vanilla rolls, which have many variants. In Germany, the rolls, known as “Vanillekipferl”, are baked with ground almonds and finally half-dipped in chocolate. And now we will try them too.


  • 1 cup (250 ml) room temperature butter
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of almond or vanilla extract
  • 1 and ½ (375 mL) plain flour
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 300g of milk chocolate


  • Mix together the butter, ¼ cup (60 mL) powdered sugar, granulated sugar, and almond or vanilla extract.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour and salt, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.
  • Mix until a dough forms.
  • Scoop the dough piece by piece with a soup spoon and shape it into crescents – rolls, while slightly tapering the ends.
  • Place the rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheet 1 inch apart.
  • Let cool for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Bake the rolls for 12-14 minutes, or until golden.
  • Dip the completely cooled rolls halfway into the melted chocolate and return them to the baking sheet so that the chocolate hardens.
  • You can also put it in the fridge for 5 minutes.
  • Finally, using a sieve, sprinkle the remaining half of the roll with icing sugar.
  • Store the rolls in a cool place.
Half-soaked rolls in a box

Rolls with vanilla and cream cheese

Do you want a change? Or do you just like to try new things? So here is a recipe for vanilla rolls just for you, improved with cream cheese or “cream cheese”, thanks to which your vanilla rolls will become wonderfully creamy.


  • 3 and ½ cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 8 spoons of cream cheese
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

TIP: You can also add – crushed almonds, nuts for decoration or crushed chocolate.


  • Mix the flour with the baking powder in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, mix butter, cream cheese, add sugar and mix until the mixture is fluffy.
  • Next, add the egg, vanilla extract and almond extract.
  • Gradually mix in the flour mixture until a dough forms.
  • Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour to firm it up.
  • Cut the chilled dough into small pieces, shape them into crescents and slightly taper the ends.
  • Place the resulting rolls on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 10 minutes or until golden.
  • You can decorate the finished rolls with chocolate, crushed almonds or serve them plain without decoration.
Rolls with sugar and decorations

How to make your own vanilla sugar?

Quite simply. All you need is a vanilla pod and granulated sugar. The flavor and strength of the vanilla sugar depends on the number of vanilla beans and also the amount of sugar you want to make.

TIP: It is ideal to add 1 vanilla pod to 1 kg of sugar.

Cut the vanilla pod lengthwise and place it together with the sugar in a closed container (preferably glass). Leave it like this for several days. You can shake occasionally.

After a week, remove the pod and you have great vanilla sugar.

A popular Christmas holiday favourite

Although this type of candy is popular throughout Europe, it originated in Vienna, Austria about 400 years ago when, to celebrate a victory over the Ottoman Turks, the Austrians created a local pastry in the shape of a crescent (“kipferl”), which was found on the Turkish flag.

As the war with the Turks continued, the Austrians came up with another half-moon pastry, the most famous of which reached France, known as the Croissant.

As already mentioned above, it is a biscuit candy. Although you will find recipes that include eggs, traditionally this ingredient is not included. Even if adding eggs makes it easier to work with the dough, resist this temptation, because you will only find that traditional eggless vanilla rolls fall apart in your mouth due to their fragility.

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Good tasting!

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