Let The Holiday Baking Begin! Austrian Vanilla Crescents You’ve Got to Bake



Cookie baking season is upon us, and these cookies are so easy and delicious – you’ve just got to make them!    I started baking Christmas cookies with my mom when I was a little girl. I would be her “little helper” and chop, slice, dice, mix – whatever she needed me to do. Sometimes I just watched from the kitchen barstool in amazement of the way she flew around the kitchen. She never measured a recipe. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, until it was just right. This recipe for Vanillekipferl is a family favorite. It was my dad’s favorite cookie and a year didn’t go by without making them. When my dad passed away ten years ago, I kept the tradition alive and still make these for him every year.

Austrian Vanilla Crescents (Vanillekipferl)
A light delicious cookie made with ground nuts for a delicate flavor. Makes 3-4 dozen cookies.
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Prep Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
  2. 1/2 cup vanilla sugar or 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract
  3. 2 cups all purpose flour
  4. 1 cup ground almonds or walnuts
  5. Sifted powdered sugar
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and vanilla sugar with a electric mixer until combined.
  2. Add flour and walnuts. Beat well.
  3. Using about 2 teaspoons of dough for each cookie, shape into crescents, tapering at ends.
  4. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.
  6. Remove and cool on wire rack; sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  1. These cookies get better with age and can be frozen without topping with powdered sugar at the end. When ready to serve, thaw and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
The Desert Baroness

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