Almond Crescent Cookies

Helene

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Almond Crescent Cookies: these tender, melt-in-your-mouth cookies are delicate, flavored with almond, and dusted with powdered sugar. Perfect for a Christmas cookie tray, or enjoy them with a cup of tea all year long.

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Almond Crescent Cookies are similar to shortbread. The texture is a soft, buttery crumb. The preparation is almost identical, without any leavening, such as baking powder or baking soda.

Whether you’re looking for Christmas cookie exchange ideas or new cookies to your Christmas cookie box, this almond crescent cookie recipe will be your new favorite.

almond crescent cookies bite on a golden plate

Almond Crescent Cookies in a nutshell

  • Easy to make
  • Can be made ahead of time: they store very well
  • Eggless cookies: perfect for people with egg allergies
  • A must for your holiday cookie box or there are fantastic food gift ideas.
  • Popular Christmas cookies in Europe (these Almond Crescent Cookies are Austrian Christmas cookies served during Advent)

Ingredients 

Almond Crescent Cookies, originally called Vanillekipferl, are easy to make and require simple pantry staples.

  • Butter: unsalted, softened
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond meal
  • All-purpose flour
  • Vanilla sugar: optional
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How to make these Almond Crescent Cookies?

  • Cream the butter until it’s completely soft, light, and fluffy.
  • Add the powdered sugar and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Add the vanilla extract. Mix until incorporated.
  • Add almond meal and flour and mix until it brings together. Finish with your hands to form a ball. Chill the dough.
  • Divide the dough into 4 portions, then roll each piece into a “sausage.”
almond crescent cookies dough in process
  • Cut into small portions, roll and shape them into crescent shapes. Chill them.
almond crescent cookies in process
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tips turn golden.
  • Once chilled, sift with powdered sugar.

Full instructions are at the bottom of the page. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions at the end of this post.

Tips

  • Ingredients at room temperature.
  • Weigh your ingredients for the best results and avoid dry cookies.
  • Don’t skip the chilling time: it helps to achieve the right texture and prevent the Almond Crescent Cookies from spilling.

FAQs 

How to Store these Almond Crescent Cookies?

In an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 weeks.

Can I make them ahead? 

Yes, there are several options:

  • 1) You can prepare the Almond Crescent Cookies and let them chill overnight in the fridge. For that, place them on a baking tray covered with plastic wrap. Bake them the following day.
  • 2) You can prepare the dough, shape the Almond Crescent Cookies, and freeze them when they’re raw. Once solid, put them in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
  • 3) As seen above, these cookies store very well as soon as they are kept in an airtight container.

Variations

The Almond Crescent Cookies can be easily adapted with other flavors:

Hazelnut / Pecan: replace almond meal with ground hazelnuts or ground Pecans.

Chocolate: Prepare melted chocolate to dip half of a crescent cookie.

Cinnamon: add ½ to 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the flour or add cinnamon with the sugar-coat.

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Almond Crescent Cookies

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 12 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Serves: 24

Almond Crescent Cookies: tender, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, flavored with almond, and dusted with powdered sugar. Perfect for a Christmas cookie tray.

Ingredients

Almond Crescent Cookies

  • 115 g (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 25 g (1/4 cup) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 50 g (1/2 cup) almond meal
  • 125 g (1cup) all-purpose flour

Sugar Coating

  • 25 g (1/4 cup) powdered sugar
  • 12 g (1 Tbsp) vanilla sugar, optional

Method

  • 1)

    In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until it’s completely soft, light, and fluffy.

  • 2)

    Add the powdered sugar and mix until fully incorporated.

  • 3)

    Add the vanilla extract. Mix until incorporated.

  • 4)

    Add the almond meal and all-purpose flour and mix until the dough becomes soft and it brings together. Finish with your hands to form a ball. Wrap in a cling film and chill the dough for 30 minutes at least. Don’t skip this step.

  • 5)

    Prepare a baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside. Make sure you can place the tray into your fridge.

  • 6)

    Divide the dough into 4 equal portions. On a lightly dusted flour surface, using the palm of your hand, roll each piece into a sausage form, about 8 inches (20cm) long.

  • 7)

    Cut each sausage into pieces 1.2 inches (3cm) long.

  • 8)

    Then, shape the crescent cookies: roll each piece slightly into a small sausage. Pinch the tips and bend the dough into a crescent form. Place on the prepared lined tray, leaving 1inch space between them.

  • 9)

    Place them in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight.

  • 10)

    Preheat the oven to 170C (340F), fan on. Bake the Almond Crescent Cookies for 12 to 15 minutes or until the tips turn golden.

  • 11)

    Transfer to a cooling rack, and let them cool completely. They will firm up a little bit. 

  • 12)

    Once cooled, combine powdered sugar and vanilla sugar (if used). Sift over the cookies. You can also roll them into the sugar to coat them entirely if desired (for that, double the quantity of sugar)

Notes

– Baking spoons, US/UK standard size : teaspoon 5ml / tablespoon: 15ml / cup: 240ml
– Storage:in an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 weeks.
– Scroll back to read tips, variationsstep-by-step photos and FAQ within the blog post that you might find helpful.

7 Comments

  • Jessica

    October 31, 2022 at 10:54 am

    These were delicious and they looked beautiful on a cookie platter! I can’t wait to make them again for the holidays!

  • Gloria

    October 31, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Perfect for afternoon tea. Great on the holiday cookie tray too. Simple and so delicious.

  • Marta

    October 31, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    I made these almond crescent cookies for a Halloween party this past weekend and everyone raved about how delicious they were. They were so buttery and light!

  • megane

    October 31, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    These are such a simple cookie and so delicious. Thanks for a great recipe that works.

  • Elaine

    November 2, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    These must be so delicious with a glass of fresh milk. Definitely one of those must-try recipes that I have not tried yet (excited)!

  • Lauren Michael Harris

    November 4, 2022 at 8:53 am

    The almond crescent cookies turned out so god and looked just as pretty as the photos. My whole family love them. We will definitely make them again!

  • Sharon

    November 4, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    Crescent cookies have always been one of my favorite cookies for the holidays. These came out just like the ones my family made growing up.

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