“Vanillekipferl” are traditional Austrian Christmas cookies, usually made with almonds. This version, adapted from a recipe from Saveur Magazine, uses walnuts. They are a little bit time-consuming, but really very simple to make!


“Vanillekipferl” (Vanilla Crescents)
Recipe type: Cookie
Serves: 4 dozen
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for finishing cookies
  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 ounces walnuts, finely ground in food processor
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  1. Heat oven to 325⁰F. Beat together sugar, butter, and vanilla in a bowl. Mix in the nuts and flour and blend completely. Divide the dough into 48 pieces. (Simplest way: roll into a 2” diameter cylinder and divide this into 4. Roll each of these into a 1” cylinder and divide into 12 pieces.
  2. Roll each piece into a sausage shape. Taper the ends and bend into a crescent (like a mini-croissant.) Transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 1” apart. Bake until lightly golden, 12-15 minutes.
  3. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes, then dust with more confectioners’ sugar. Cool completely on racks.