From a Pot: Vanilla Crescent Cookies
Delicious vanilla crescent cookies.
Traditional German and Austrian cookies, typically shaped into crescent or moon shapes and are often served during the Christmas holiday season. These are my favourite Christmas cookies. Easy to prepare, delicious, crunchy with a melt in your mouth texture, Vanilla crescent cookies or as we call them in Austria Vanillekipferl.
Prep Time:10 Minutes
Bake Time:10 Minutes
Wait Time:1 Hour
Total Time:1 Hour and 20 Minutes
- Baking tray
- Parchment paper
- Flour: 300.0 g
- Butter: 220.0 g
- Ground almonds: 100.0 g
- Powdered sugar: 220.0 g
- Egg: 3.0
- Vanilla sugar: 10.0 g
Ingredients and Instructions
Vanilla Crescent Cookies
Flour: 300 g
Butter: 220 g
Ground almonds: 100 g
Powdered sugar: 120 g
Salt: 0.5 tsp
Vanilla sugar: 10 g
Powdered sugar: 100 g
Vanilla Crescent Cookies
- Separate egg yolks from egg whites.
- Sift the flour, ground almonds and powdered sugar into a large bowl. Add salt, cold butter cut into pieces and egg yolks.
- Knead all the ingredients into a smooth dough, wrap it in a plastic wrap and let it chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Make small balls from the dough, and shape them into crescent shape.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees F). Bake the cookies for about 8 - 10 minutes or until golden brown. Baking time may vary based on your oven.
- In a bowl, combine vanilla sugar and powdered sugar, then dust still warm cookies with a sugar mixture.
- Instead of ground almonds, you can also use ground walnuts.
- They originate in Vienna, Austria.
- The word "Vanillekipferl" is a compound word of "Vanille" meaning vanilla and "Kipferl" meaning crescent.
- They are a very popular cookie in Germany and Austria, and are often served at coffeehouses and cafes.
- Vanilla is a flavouring derived from the seed pods of a tropical orchid called Vanilla planifolia native to Mexico and Central America, but is now also grown in Madagascar, Indonesia, and other countries.
- The word "vanilla" comes from the Spanish word "vainilla," which means "little pod."
- Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron, due to the labor-intensive process of cultivating and harvesting the vanilla beans.
- Vanilla is the most popular flavor for ice cream in the United States.
- Vanilla extract is made by steeping vanilla beans in alcohol and water.
- Vanilla is a natural aphrodisiac and is often used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
- Synthetic vanillin, a compound that mimics the flavor of vanilla, is often used as a cheaper alternative to vanilla extract.