The recipe called for vanilla sugar. Although common in every supermarket in Germany, this ingredient can by hard to come by in the United States, unless of course, you use homemade. Consequently, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract in the cookie dough for the vanilla sugar.
These are finished off with apricot marmalade and blanched almond leaves. Changing up the apricot flavor for cranberry or pear variety and substituting crushed raw pecans for the almond leaves makes these easy to adapt for the holiday season.
For the recipe, hop on over to my German Food Page at about.com