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Vanilla Crescents Vanille Kipferl

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Vanille KepferlVanilla Crescents or Vanille Kipferl come with a history lesson…. seems they were invented by the Austrians to celebrate a victory over the Turkish army in some war or another (which one is not important… there were so many…. and there won’t be a test, so you can stop taking notes.)

Can you just picture it? Yeah! We Won!! Let’s go have Cookies.!!!!

German speaking people eat Vanille Kipferl. Mostly around Christmas (although you can get them anytime in Vienna…( I love Vienna, the Waltzing, the Sacher Torte, the Konditoreis, Kaffee mit Schlag … which is perfect for drinking while eating cookies…).

I make them because they are a light, sweet cookie that goes well with a cup of tea (ok, or coffee) in the afternoon. My daughter loves them, because they are “plain”.

True, it is a basic cookie…. Flour, Sugar, Butter and an Egg.But I think they are anything but plain. To the basic ingredients, you add ground Almonds and lots of Vanilla. These ingredients combine to make something delicious enough to serve in a fancy tea room, but yummy enough for a group of boys studying physics.

This recipe showcases how a few simple ingredients can make delicious cookie. Flour, sugar, butter and an egg combine with Ground Almonds and Vanilla with wonderful results.

I’ve taken this recipe from a German Cookbook called, “Handmade Weinachten”, so I included their metric measurements, and my conversions.

German baking often uses Vanilla Sugar instead of Vanilla Extract. It’s just Vanilla Infused Granulated Sugar… smells wonderful, tastes great. You can find this ingredient in specialty stores or on Amazon. You can also make your own.

I bought ground Almonds from a local Indian Spice Market, you can also buy them in natural food stores, and if you really want to, you can make them yourself. Put whole almonds into a food processor, and pulse until you have ground Almonds…. pulse too much, and you will have Almond Spread (great with jam on toast, but not so good for these cookies). Even better… if you have a German Hand Grinder for nuts, you will get the perfect texture every time!

As always, there are step-by-step photos below… these are a snap.

Vanilla Crescents / Vanille Kipferl Recipe

Vanilla Crescents /Vanille Kipferl

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Category: Christmas, Cookies & Brownies, Holiday Baking, Shaped Cookies

Servings: 50 cookies

Vanilla Crescents


  • 11/2 cup (260g) Flour
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup(80g) Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup (100g) Ground Almonds
  • 1 cup (200g) Cold Butter-cubed
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup Vanilla Sugar


  • This recipe comes together in no time if you use a food processor.... If you don't have one...you can use a mixer.
  • Put the Flour, Egg Yolk, Vanilla Extract, Powdered Sugar, and Ground Almonds in the Bowl of a Food Processor, let it rip.
  • Feed Butter cubes one at a time until it's incorporated, and the dough comes together.
  • Lay a piece of plastic wrap on the counter (yes... the table is ok) Dump the dough onto the plastic.
  • Shape the dough into a log... about 2 inches in diameter.
  • Then... wrap the log in the plastic wrap.... kind of squeeze and form as you go.
  • (Honestly, I'm not entirely sure why you have to do this.... but it works. If you feel like experimenting with other shapes.... round, oblong, flat... go ahead. Let me know how it goes...)
  • Stick the dough in the refrigerator.
  • You now have 30 minutes....close the kitchen door.... run the water so people will think you are doing dishes and stay away.... pour yourself some coffee (or tea) and read a magazine.
  • Time's up....
  • Preheat the Oven to 350 F, 180 C
  • Put the Vanilla Sugar in a small bowl.
  • Set a cooling rack over a cookie sheet (unless you don't mind wiping sugar off the counter.... I find that putting the rack over a cookie sheet is neater)
  • Now for the shaping part. This will be like playing with play doh.... fun, but without that funky smell.
  • Pull the dough out of the fridge. Slice off 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices (take the plastic wrap off first)... roll the dough between your hands to a mini log shape.. then taper the ends, and bend the dough to a crescent shape, and put it on a cookie sheet.
  • That's one.... 49 to go.
  • Give the cookies about an inch of space in each direction.
  • When you fill up a cookie sheet, pop it into the oven. Bake12 minutes.... until browning around the edges.
  • Set the cookie sheet with the baked cookies near the Vanilla Sugar Bowl and the Prepared Rack. Take a cookie... one at a time while still warm... from the cookie sheet... roll it in the Vanilla Sugar, and set it on the rack.
  • Repeat 49 more times.
  • Let cool....(or not)
  • EAT
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Step By Step Instructions for Vanille Kipferl

Make the Dough in a Food Processor… It’s Easiest

my picture was a fail… sorry

Dump The Dough onto a Length of Plastic Wrap

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Kind of Moosh it into Shape
Smooth Out and Wrap in Plastic

vanilla crescentNo…it doesn’t have to be Perfect

Cut Off Pieces Of Dough

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About this much

Roll Bit of Dough Between Your Palms

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Make a Little Log
About 2 inches Long (or 3), this isn’t brain surgery

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Taper the Ends…. Bend to a Crescent Shape

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Put The Dough Crescents On A Cookie Sheet
Stick in the Oven

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Get Your Rack Ready
Cooling Rack Over Cookie Sheet (I add Waxed Paper…for extra neatness)

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Take Warm Cookies from Cookie Sheet….Dip them in Vanilla Sugar
Set on Cooling Rack

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Let Cool
Or Eat as Fast as You Can

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Make Your Own Vanilla Sugar


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