Christmas is almost here! Baking cookies every year during christmas season is a tradition in Austria, but in many other countries too. The delicious smell of freshly baked cookies brings back memories from our childhood, as do these vanilla crescents, Austria’s most popular cookies during christmas season.
This recipe is easy and fast to make and everyone around you will love it, including you.
You can use a mixer to form a dough with the ingredients or just use your hands and mix until well combined. This recipe contains almonds, but use whichever nuts you like. If you do not have vanilla sugar at home, just use 1/2 of the pulp of one vanilla pod instead. Let the dough rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Form a roll and cut it into 1-2 cm thick slices. Form small crescents and you are ready to put them into the oven!
Vanilla Crescents (Vanillekipferl)
- 270 g Flour
- 210 g Cold Butter
- 100 g Ground Almonds
- 70 g Powdered Sugar
- 8 g Vanilla Sugar
- 1 Pinch of Salt
- Powdered Sugar For Sprinkling
- Mix flour with butter, almonds, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla sugar, and knead until a smooth dough forms. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan oven).
- Form a roll from the dough and cut it into 1-2 cm thick slices. Form small crescents and lay them on baking paper on a baking tray and bake for 12-16 minutes until they turn golden on the edges.
- Roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar (if the cookies are still warm the sugar will stick better on them).