Vanillekipferl Vanilla Crescent Cookies | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

Vanillekipferl are simply sugar cookies in the shape of crescents that are traditionally as a part of the typical Christmas baking in Austria, Hungary and Germany, but can be enjoyed all year round.They usually contain ground nuts, mostly almonds and hazelnuts, flavoured with vanilla, and often served dusted with confectioners’ sugar.
Recipe adapted from Ulrike Kraus -"Kekse und Gebäck rund ums Jahr"

  • 300 g All purpose flour
  • 250 g Butter, cut into small pieces
  • 125 g Sugar
  • 3 Egg yolks
  • 125 g Ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp Powdered sugar | © 2011 |
  1. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add in butter, sugar, egg yolks, and ground almonds. Mix until the dough has become smooth. Form the dough into a ball and wrap well with a cling film. Chill for one hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line two baking trays with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 80 pieces. Shape each one into a rope, approximately 7mm thick, and bend into a crescent.
  3. Place the kipferl on a baking trays, and bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Mix the powdered sugar together with the vanilla sugar. Roll the crescents in this mixture while they are still hot. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Ah Tze 4/11/11 15:32

Looking at your cookies reminding me that Christmas is around the corner! Love your presentation and for sure these cookies is a good gift for christmas!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 4/11/11 15:34

I love delicious cookies!



At Anna's kitchen table 4/11/11 15:34

Very similar to Greek kourabiedhes. They look so good!

kitchen flavours 4/11/11 15:39

Your cookies looks delightful! I love your Christmas tree plate and the Santa Claus plate too! Cute!

yummylittlecooks 4/11/11 15:41

Nice shapely cookies, no need cookie cutter.

Claudia 4/11/11 15:45

I adore these and the scent of vanilla just fills me kitchen and my spirit. Yours are celebratory!

Happy Cook / Finla 4/11/11 16:03

Looks like you are already in christmas mood. I got a new book from a friend and there is a recipie for this cookie and i have been wanting to make them too. Yours looks super yumm.

Kumi 4/11/11 16:10

I bet these are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

Catherine 4/11/11 16:11

Dear Angie, One of my favorite cookies!! These cookies are one of my holiday treats! Blessings, Catherine xo

simmy 4/11/11 16:22

they loos delightful

Pari 4/11/11 16:22

Wow, the cookies look fabulous, surely u are in Christmas mood.



Belinda @zomppa 4/11/11 16:38

It must be the holidays!!! Lovely!

Lyndsey 4/11/11 16:54

These remind me on home. My mom makes these each year for Christmas. These and a Ducth pastry banket. I need to do this now!

Carolyn 4/11/11 16:57

These are some of my favourite Christmas cookies. I love them with pecans.

Tina 4/11/11 18:23

Beautiful cookies with beautiful clicks...

Betty @ scrambled henfruit 5/11/11 00:56

What a wonderful traditional cookie to start off the holiday baking! Your beautiful photos are putting me in the mood. :)

Torviewtoronto 5/11/11 01:15

delicious seasonal presentation looks wonderful

Taste of Beirut 5/11/11 02:11

These are wonderful cookies that will never go out of fashion, a timeless classic pastry, present in so many cultures in one form or another. Great pics too!

Anonymous 5/11/11 03:30

I LOVE these cookies! I never knew the background of them....but they're delicious!

aipi 5/11/11 04:59

Those look so pretty n perfect as always :)

PolaM 5/11/11 05:27

I remember when I had time to bake 8-12 different Plaetzchen varieties for Christmas... good times!

Honey Bee Sweets 5/11/11 06:16

Almond cookies are my most favorite! Seeing them covered in snowy sugar just gives me that Christmas mood! ;) Love it!

Rosemary 5/11/11 12:17

My family says I can't bake cookies. I say they're wrong. I just haven't found the right recipe! If I made these perfectly, I'd be a hit at Christmas!

Cooking Gallery 5/11/11 13:03

I think I will be to lazy making these cookies, because they're sold everywhere here (as you know), but I am sure homemade ones taste better. You never fail to make beautiful foods from various countries...!!

Cherine 5/11/11 13:10

Can i pick one of those cookies? Pleaaaaase :)

anne 5/11/11 15:04

That looks good :) Just like those Mexican wedding cookies ;)

Melanie @ Melanie Cooks 5/11/11 15:06

Wonderful cookies, I love their shapes and the sprinkling of powdered sugar!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 5/11/11 15:10

My mother always made these for Christmas! I always keep trying new recipes but need to bring tradition back because that's what Christmas is all about. I love the texture of these cookies. Now I wish I had some to go with my coffee.

Rita 5/11/11 19:07

I haven't made these in years; thanks for the reminder. you have a great blog. Thank you for your visit.

[Reply] 5/11/11 19:28

wow these look devine.beautifully presented.

carmenpiva 5/11/11 21:03

I've just decided I want to make these for Christmas, maybe before and show them to people here in Spain. Look great and not very complicate.

Spoon and Chopsticks 5/11/11 21:13

Wonderful cookies with great presentation.

Spoon and Chopsticks

Dajana 5/11/11 23:31

Love these cookies, a recipe I prepare often and my kids love them, too.

Jasna's kitchen creations 6/11/11 00:39

I don't know a person that doesn't like them...Yum!!!

Veronica's Kitchen 6/11/11 02:56

I love these cookies. I thought they're Greek cookies, it is a very nice Christmas gift!

Marguerite 6/11/11 04:08

These crescent cookies look fantastic and your photos are fab! Love almonds, so I would love to try them. Thanks for the great recipe and for stopping by!

Lizzy 6/11/11 04:29

Oh, I love, love these cookies! And your crescents are just perfect! I make them with walnuts, but almonds sound just as delectable :)

Carol 6/11/11 04:48

I love these cookies, except for the occasional inhale of the powdered sugar :) They look so good!

JasmyneTea 6/11/11 12:09

My partner has a European background and LOVES kipferln, thanks for a great recipe!

Barbara 6/11/11 12:13

My German grandmother used to make these all the time! What a treat to see them featured on your post today, Angie. I've already copied the recipe!

Beth 6/11/11 12:54

What beautiful little cookies! Those would be perfect served at Christmas.

Ambreen 6/11/11 13:26

I have made these cookies long ago & they are simply great! Your pics are so lovely! Thanks for visiting :)

Parsley Sage 6/11/11 16:02

I would snarf these by the handful! They look delicious! I haven't had crescent cookies in ages, thanks for reminding me about them :)

Jeannie 6/11/11 16:56

Wow! those cookies look like a lot of work in shaping them! But look so delicious!

Cathy at Wives with Knives 6/11/11 17:25

These cookies take me right back to my Grandma's kitchen, Angie. Thanks for the reminder of how good they are. They will definitely have a place on my cookie plates this Christmas.

J e l e n a 6/11/11 20:17

We also make them here in Serbia. I love mine with shredded coconut, butter, flour..they get better as the days go by.

Katie@Cozydelicious 6/11/11 23:19

My grandmother made cookies just like these! I haven't had them in years, but I remember them being so crumbly and comforting with a cup of tea. Thank your for reminding me about them, I need to make these soon!

tigerfish 7/11/11 00:38

I can totally feel the holiday theme in these crescent-shaped cookies! And they look like melt-in-the-mouth cookies too :)

Ilke 7/11/11 03:04

I love these, used to have them a lot in Turkey. Thanks for the recipe. Will be good to have this during the Holidays. I love your little St Nicholas plates.

tania@mykitchenstories 7/11/11 07:10

Yeah, These look crunchy and delicious, ready for Christmas

Priya 7/11/11 11:17

Irresistible crescent cookies..looks quite addictive..

Asian-spice mix 7/11/11 13:36

Yummylicious cookie for sure,I love ground almondon the cookies!

Faith 7/11/11 14:00

These cookies are lovely and so festive! I would be happy to bake them for Christmas...or anytime! :)

lena 7/11/11 15:41

angie, such beautiful presentation! you did so well in shaping them!

Bizzy B. Bakes 7/11/11 23:54

These are so delicate and pretty. The would add to any setting.

Monet 8/11/11 00:58

The almonds make this cookie so delightful. I can't wait to get started on my holiday baking. It is hard to believe that Christmas is almost here! Thank you for sharing another heartfelt post and recipe. Many blessings this week!

Mary 8/11/11 01:01

These cookies made me grin and think of Christmas. I can't think of a better match for a cup of hot cocoa right now!

Raina 8/11/11 02:27

I have never tried these but would love to. They look so pretty, and from the ingredient list, I know I would really enjoy them:)

cadastru bucuresti 8/11/11 14:17

I like this recipe a lot, it is one of my favourites. I`ve tried it this morning and it was very good, thanks for sharing.

Geni 9/11/11 00:42

These are some of my very favorite holiday cookies! Yous are perfection.

Jo 10/11/11 01:19

So delicious and this reminds me that holiday baking is just round the corner. This recipe would be a great addition to the cookie jar.

Jean | Delightful Repast 11/11/11 20:46

Those are just the sort of pretty little cookie I love with a proper cup of tea! We'll be finding these on my tea table very soon!

FOODESSA 11/11/11 22:40

A few years back an acquaintance had offered me a similar recipe for this cookie. Unfortunately, it flopped. I'm taking your recipe and will hopefully have a chance to make it during the holiday season. Wish me luck ;)
Thanks for sharing this Angie.

Ciao, Claudia

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 12/11/11 04:02

These are adorable with those mini crescent shapes! I bet they are as addictive as they are cute to look at.

Sue 14/11/11 00:16

I can tell that these cookies are "melt in your mouth" delicious!

OysterCulture 14/11/11 01:06

I love these cookies with tea. Just perfect and I always associate them with the holidays.

Reeni 14/11/11 03:37

These are one of my favorite cookies Angie! I was just thinking of them the other day and getting excited for the holidays. Please pass the platter this way!

Ashlea Taylor 17/11/11 19:50

These are such the perfect holiday cookie. They just seem to melt in your mouth.

MissA* 20/11/11 11:39

These are my most favourite Christmas cookies! They're also very traditional in Czech & Slovak Christmas ;)

Jenny (VintageSugarcube) 26/11/11 17:53

You have no idea how happy I am right now. These are the cookies my boyfriend talks about his grandma use to make and now I have the recipe! Thank you!!!


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