Vanilla Crescent Christmas Cookies

German Christmas without vanilla crescents would not be imaginable in Germany. These light and soft treats are a classic and so easy to make.

How are they called in German? “Vanillakipferl”

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to learn how to pronounce "Vanillekipferl"

One of the fastest German Christmas cookies are vanilla crescents. The secret to make them so delicious are the finely ground walnuts which makes them not only tasty but keep them moist and tender for many weeks if stored in an airtight container.

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Vanilla Crescents - Vanillekipferl

Angela Schofield
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Cookies
Cuisine Austrian, German
Servings 40 Cookies


  • 14 tbsp. butter
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup finely ground walnuts


  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla sugar


  • Cut the butter into small cubes.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, powdered sugar, vanilla sugar, salt, and walnuts.
  • Add the butter cubes and knead briefly to a soft dough.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • Shape the dough into 2-inch long rolls and form cookies into the classic “Kipferl” shape. (see photo)
  • Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets. Allow some spacing as they will rise during baking.
  • Bake 10 min. or until edges are lightly golden.
  • Let cool for a couple of minutes.
  • Sift powdered sugar and vanilla sugar into a flat bowl and blend together.
  • While still warm, remove cookies from the baking sheets and carefully coat them in the sugar mix.
  • Place on a plate and allow to cool completely.