This Almond Crescent Cookies Recipe comes from award-winning chef Dorie Greenspan. Traditional for Christmas in Austria and Germany, these festive cookies are nutty, buttery, vanilla-scented, sugar-dusted, sweet and salty, melt-in-your-mouth perfection!
Almond crescent cookies, also known as Vanillekipferl (vanilla crescents), are vanilla-almond flavored with a rich buttery consistency, similar to shortbread. The sugar-dusting looks like snow, making these fun festive cookies a perfect choice for Christmas or any winter celebration.
How to make these scrumptious Almond Crescent Cookies
These cookies are fun and easy to make in 5 simple steps. You can crank out a batch of 24 crescent almond cookies in about 45 minutes. If you want to prep these ahead, the dough can be stored in the fridge for two days before shaping and baking, or the dough can be formed into cookies, frozen, and baked at a future time. See the notes in the recipe for more detailed storage and freezing instructions.
- Step 1: 2 sticks of butter, ½ cup of white sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract and a little salt are beaten with a hand mixer, until creamy.
- Step 2: 1 ¾ cups of white flour and 1 ¾ cups of almond flour are incorporated into the mixture to create the cookie dough.
- Step 3: To form the cookies, a cookie scoop or a tablespoon is used to scoop up pieces of dough. Each piece is hand-rolled into a ball, then rolled on the counter into a 4-inch-long rope, which is then bent into a crescent shape and placed on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Step 4: The cookies are baked in a 350ºF oven for about 20 minutes and are then cooled for 5 minutes or so before being given the sugar treatment.
- Step 5: When the cookies have cooled for a few minutes, they're dusted generously with confectioner's sugar.
The baked cookies are dusted with sugar while they're still warm. If you're making these ahead, I suggest that you give them an extra dusting of sugar, with a baker's dusting wand, just before serving. This will give the cookies a snow-covered look.
If you're wondering why I keep showing photos of these almond crescent cookies with a cup of coffee, it's because I'm obsessed with the combination. Try dipping them - Yum!!
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Originally published September 19, 2016. Updated December 7, 2020 with added nutritional information, a couple of new photos, and clarifying details in the written post. The same delicious recipe!