Great German recipe. It has been very popular at our home during the holidays.

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Ingredients

80
Original recipe yields 80 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time. Split the half of vanilla bean and scrape the seeds; stir the seeds into the butter mixture. Mix in the flour and ground almonds. Divide the dough into two pieces, wrap and refrigerate until firm.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Break off tablespoonful sized pieces of dough and roll them into little ropes about 2 inches long. Bend the ropes into a half circle and place them 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned. Scrape the seeds from the remaining vanilla bean and stir them into the confectioners' sugar. Carefully roll warm cookies in the vanilla sugar.

Nutrition Facts

48.8 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 6.5g 2% DV; fat 2.4g 4% DV; cholesterol 9.7mg 3% DV; sodium 12.5mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2011
I'll give this recipe five stars because the resulting cookie really was delicious. However if you're looking at the serving size as a guideline I didn't find it accurate. I used balls that were definitely under a tablespoon each and only got 5 dozen cookies. I was skeptical when I saw the quantities of the ingredients and it turns out I was right. I didn't make the half moon shape I just rolled each bit of dough into a ball and flattened them a bit. Took 12 minutes and ended up delicious. Reminded me a bit of shortbread. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2011
I'll give this recipe five stars because the resulting cookie really was delicious. However if you're looking at the serving size as a guideline I didn't find it accurate. I used balls that were definitely under a tablespoon each and only got 5 dozen cookies. I was skeptical when I saw the quantities of the ingredients and it turns out I was right. I didn't make the half moon shape I just rolled each bit of dough into a ball and flattened them a bit. Took 12 minutes and ended up delicious. Reminded me a bit of shortbread. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2010
Simple and delicious cookie recipe. I was looking for something to use up some vanilla beans and this worked well. I will definitely be making these again around the holiday season to share with friends and family. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2011
These have been a Christmas tradition at our home for years now. Since the dough is rather sticky I tend to refrigerate and then shape small bits into cresents rather than rolling them into ropes. Instead of powdered sugar we use vanilla suger so they have an extra vanilla punch Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2011
These are great! We live in Germany and these are the best ones I have had yet. I have the form so that was easy. I only used one vanilla bean and used vanilla sugar after baking being that I was out of powdered sugar oops. These are like yummy pecan sandies but almond. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2011
These are SUPER delicious and SO light to eat YUMMMMM Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
my husband says these are better than his grandmas! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2014
These cookies are fantastic. I only made one change to sub coconut oil for the butter since my daughter is allergic to dairy. I did have two problems one was the same as another reviewer in that the quantity stated is way off. I used a tablespoon measure to make sure they were all the same size. I only got 30 cookies total. The other that was when bending them they kept breaking on me and just didn't want to shape very well to they were hard to form. But the taste is great. I do think in the future I will sift on the powdered sugar instead of trying to roll the cookies in it. It should be easier and prettier. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2017
OMG. These are tasty and easy to make. I followed the recipe but could never get half moons. They kept crumbling apart; so I'm rating a 4. Not to worry. I rolled the dough into balls while holding it in my hands I pinched the tops to make peaks then gently pushed down on the base to flatten the bottoms so they could sit upright. Dusting with the confectioners/powered sugar (almost immediately out of the oven) they looked like mountain peaks with snow. Vanilla beans being pricy where we live I lightly used vanilla extract (1/2 tsp); possibly causing the crumble. However going with the mountain peaks theme I would add almond extract (1/4 tsp) to enhance the nuts. Read More