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Vanilla Crescents – Vanillekipferl Recipe

Vanilla Crescents

Vanilla Crescents are almond cookies with a rich vanilla taste and a moon shape. We call them Vanillekipferl and they have a soft texture that gently falls apart in your mouth to unleash a delicious vanilla taste.

How to bake Vanilla Crescents

Vanilla Cookies

The recipe is fairly easy and shaping the crescents is too. The ingredients are mixt either by hand or by a machine. I prefer to mix this by hand since this is how I have learned it and has become a tradition to continue to do it like that. The downside of this technic is that the temperature of your hands lets the butter in the dough get warm and too soft if you knead too long. So working fast is key! If you tend to have very warm hands you might prefer the electric mixer to make the dough.

Video how to make Vanilla Crescents

Which Almond Flour

I sometimes use the fine almond flour that is just white an has little to no almond skin in it. But traditionally we have the almond flour (or almond meal) that has the skin mostly on and therefore has a little more of a brown color. Either way will work.

If you can get almond flour in your area, here is how to make your own:

But almonds in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let stand for a couple of minutes, then remove the water. Put the almonds on a clean kitchen towel. Use a second kitchen towel on top of the almonds and use it to rub off the skin from the almonds. They don’t need to be all gone, just remove as much as possible with a reasonable effort. Then put the almonds into a food processor or other kind of machine that can grind and grind until the almonds are finely cut into a flour like texture.

Vanilla Crescent Cookies

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Vanilla Crescents

Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Vanilla Crescents – a traditional German Christmas Cookie
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Course Afternoon Coffee, Dessert
Cuisine German


  • 250 g Flour
  • 120 g Almond Flour or Meal
  • 125 g Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 200 g cold Butter
  • some Confectioners Sugar (Powdered Sugar)


  • Mix all ingredients to a firm dough – either by hand or by machine.
  • Roll the dough into two thick strands.
  • Cut portions out of the strands.
  • Shape each portion into a crescent shape and place it on a baking sheet.
  • Leave enough space between the cookies since they will become larger during baking.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C / 390°F.
  • Bake the Vanilla Crescents for about 10 minutes – maybe more or less, depending on the size of your cookies.
  • After baking, let the cookies cool just a few minutes, then continue with the next step.
  • Put the confectioners' sugar and optionally add some vanilla sugar and almond flour to it, then use a sieve to sprinkle it generously onto the cookies.
  • Let the vanilla crescents cool completely and store in an airtight jar or enjoy immediately.
Keyword baking, Christmas, cookies
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4 thoughts on “Vanilla Crescents – Vanillekipferl Recipe”

  1. Good morning from Peggy D in San Diego, California. I’ll be making your cookies for a belated Christmas dinner this weekend. If I bake the cookies today/Tuesday or tomorrow, will they still be good on Saturday? I’m not sure how long they’ll remain fresh. Cheers and happy new year.///

    1. Hi Peggy,
      they taste best when they are fresh but if you put them into an airtight container, they will definitely still be delicious for at least a week. Have fun baking!

  2. Hi Barbara,
    Growing up, I had a german neighbour and friend of my grandparents who would bake cookies every Christmas. We looked forward to those and other treats she would bake during different holidays eagerly as western treats were limited to british goods in my country. Unfortunately she passed away while i was still very young and had not gotten my interest in baking. My brother and I were reminiscing about those cookies and i was thrilled to find your recipes. Thank you for sharing them with us. I wanted to ask how far out can I make dough and refrigerate for these and the other cookies you have kindly provided prior to baking them. Thanks!

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