Vanilla cookie crescents make the perfect German Christmas treat!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
10 dozen cookies


  • 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups almond flour

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 ¼ sticks unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 large egg yolks

Vanilla Sugar:

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 3 vanilla beans


  1. Stir all-purpose flour, almond flour, and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar together in a bowl. Add butter and egg yolks; knead by hand until a smooth dough forms.

  2. Divide dough into quarters and form each piece into a rectangle. Wrap each rectangle in plastic wrap. Chill dough in the refrigerator until firm, at least 1 hour, and up to overnight.

  3. Place 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon white sugar in a food processor. Cut each vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape seeds from each half with the back of the knife; add to the sugar. Pulse until seeds are evenly dispersed. Pour vanilla sugar into a shallow bowl.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  5. Cut 1 portion of dough into 6 equal pieces, keeping remaining dough chilled. Roll each piece evenly into a 1/2-inch-thick log on a lightly floured surface. Cut each log crosswise into 2-inch pieces and gently roll or pinch ends of each piece into points. Arrange cookies on the baking sheets.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until bottoms are lightly golden but tops are still pale, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for 2 minutes.

  7. Roll warm cookies in the vanilla sugar, brushing off excess sugar. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough, baking in batches.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

44 Calories
3g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 120
Calories 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 4mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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