Vanillekipferl – Austrian vanilla crescent cookies

Vanillekipferl, or vanilla crescents, are very delicate buttery, crispy and nutty biscuits, traditionally served during the Christmas season in Austria. These cookies look great on a plate and are sure to seduce your guests.

The crescent-shaped cookies come from Vienna, Austria, where they are a popular traditional Christmas cookie.

Legend has it that their shape was created to resemble the crescent Turkish moon, in order to celebrate one of the victories of the Hungarian army over the Turkish army.

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Recipe Vanillekipferl

For about 50 – 80 pieces

  • Vanilla sugar
  • 100g walnuts, ground
  • 280g flour
  • 90g icing sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 200g soft butter, pieces
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Finishing touch
  • 150g icing sugar
  • Vanilla sugar

Mix the ingredients and put the dough in the fridge for an hour.

Form a roll of the dough and cut it into small pieces.

Roll the pieces into small sausages with thinner tips. Then form to resemble the shape of a crescent moon.

Place the Vanillekipferl on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 190°C for 10 to 12 minutes. When coming out of the oven, roll them gently into the icing sugar and vanilla sugar mixture.

Vanillekipferl can be stored for up to 4 weeks in a metal box or Tupperware at a cool temperature eg in an unheated room.

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