Traditional Czech Christmas cookies: Vanilkové Rohlíčky



So it will be Christmas soon again.  My husband and I started our Christmas baking early this year.  Unlike each year before when we always started with Linzer cookies, this time our first batch is called Vanilkové Rohlíčky which roughly translates to something like little vanilla rolls.

This is my mother in law’s recipe again which is probably handed down for generations. But I’m pretty sure one can find a lot of similar recipes online since these cookies are traditionally baked here in the Czech Republic at Christmastime.


* Recipe yields around 80 cookies.

  • 250 grams fine flour
  • 180 grams butter (room temperature)
  • 70 grams powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 100 grams ground walnuts
  • vanilla sugar and extra powdered sugar for coating





  • Put all ingredients together (except the vanilla sugar and extra powdered sugar for coating) on a wooden board.  Mix with your hands.  Knead till dough forms into a ball.
  • Put dough in a bowl and cover with cling film.  Refrigerate overnight so it wont be crumbly.
  • Get a small piece of dough, about a teaspoon and roll between your hands or on a wooden board.  Bend on the sides to form a tiny roll (or a horse shoe).
  • Put on a baking paper covered tray and bake cookies in a preheated 180°C oven for 10 minutes or until they turn just a bit brown.
  • Coat with the vanilla sugar and powdered sugar mixture when cooled.  If you don’t have vanilla sugar in your area, no worries, powdered sugar will do.


019No need to put cookies in an airtight container for storing.  You can leave them in paper boxes or on a tray covered with paper towels.  They last long, like a month or more.

Anyone out there who also started on their Christmas baking? Please share your story, and of course, your recipe as well.  Happy baking!


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2 Responses to Traditional Czech Christmas cookies: Vanilkové Rohlíčky

  1. Arielle says:

    Oh my, it looks so delicious!

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