German Vanilla Crescents – Classic Christmas Cookie

german vanilla crescents

German Vanilla Crescents are classic and traditional Christmas cookies. They are very easy to make and you don’t need special ingredients, just Vanilla Sugar. This is my favorite of all German Christmas cookies, and the best were from my aunt. They were soft and sweet; the smell of vanilla was in the air… Making them every year! Happy Baking.

Ingredients German Vanilla Crescents

makes 20-30 pieces)
180 g flour
0.3 oz – 1 package vanilla sugar (Dr. Oetker) – How to make Vanilla Sugar –
200 unsalted butter
1 egg
50 g sugar
200 g ground almonds
dr oetker vanilla sugar

Baking Instructions Vanilla Crescents

– On a baking board mix all ingredients and knead them until you have a firm dough.
– Wrap the dough in aluminum foil and keep it in the fridge for 30 min – 1 hour.
– Remove from fridge, then divide the dough in multiple rolls of 1 inch diameter.
– Cut off little pieces of each roll, and roll them by hand into a U-shaped form.
– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
– Place the crescents on a baking tray (laid out with parchment paper) and bake for about 10-15 minutes.
– Remove from the tray and while they are still warm, roll them in a mix of vanilla sugar and powdered sugar.

Don’t make them too big. Less dough, the better they will be.

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3 Comments on “German Vanilla Crescents – Classic Christmas Cookie

  1. Hi! These look so yummy!! I am assuming 200 (g) of sweet butter? Also, about how many cones should I expect to get out of each 1 inch diameter roll of dough?

  2. yes butter used for cookies is always sweet – never salted, we dont use that butter in german recipes. would change the taste. 20-30 cones maybe.

  3. my recipe is similar, but I always take the skin off my almonds so I get a less speckled looking cookie and I also roll the fresh out of the oven and still very hot cookie in a mixture of white and vanilla sugar. my family’s favorite!