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Vanilla Almond Half-Moons or Vanillekipferl, Austrian Cookies

You must make them! They are magical.

These melt-in-your-mouth buttery cookies are simple to make and delicious for any occasion. Great for a mid-afternoon get-together or a light, after-dinner dessert.

It’s basically a crescent-shaped vanilla almond biscuit, dusted with lots and lots of vanilla icing sugar.

They are in fact made the same way you’d make shortbread or shortcrust pastry. All the ingredients are mixed together, the dough formed into logs, wrapped in clingfilm and chilled in the fridge for an hour or so. Once the dough has firmed up, you cut slices off, and mold them into crescents. Once they’re baked, dust them with a generous helping of vanilla icing sugar so that they get their snow-dusted look.

Vanilla Almond Half-Moons

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Serves: About 30
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus one hour’s chilling Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes


  • 300g flour
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 175g butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • confectioners' sugar and vanilla sugar for rolling and dusting



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


Mix all the ingredients to a short-crust dough, wrap and refrigerate until firm for one hour. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Pinch off tablespoons of dough and roll into short ropes. Bend into crescent moon shapes on baking sheets, leaving about two inches between cookies.


Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned. Mix confectioners' sugar and vanilla sugar together, then toss the hot cookies in the mix. Carefully roll warm cookies in the vanilla sugar.


You can store the cookies in a sealed tin for several days.

Happy New Year, my dear readers!

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  • Reply
    December 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    These look divine! And they sound delicious as well, buttery cookies are one of my favorites. This definitely reminds me of nut crescents that my mom makes for the holidays 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe, and have a Happy New Year!

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    December 30, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Vanillekipferl are a staple in our house, and I have the fondest memories of making them with my dad and getting sugar everywhere 🙂

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    December 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    A friend made these for me the other day. They are the perfect cookie!

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