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.
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 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)
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
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.”
- Cut into small portions, roll and shape them into crescent shapes. Chill them.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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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