Otto’s Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescent Cookies)
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Otto’s Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescent Cookies)

Golden, buttery, sugar-dusted bites of holiday happiness. Our Head of Cuisine Otto knew it was Christmas when his German grandma’s kitchen carried the heavy scent of warm vanilla sugar. A family tradition, everyone gathered to bake these nutty crescent cookies, gifting them to family and friends over the holidays. Simple Christmas magic with love.
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45 mins total time

15 mins active time


Makes Approx 22



  • Cooking spray icon
    Cooking spray
  • all-purpose flour icon
    1⅓ cups (7 oz) all-purpose flour
  • chilled unsalted butter icon
    5 oz chilled unsalted butter


  • white sugar icon
    ¼ cup (1¾ oz) white sugar
  • ground almond icon
    ½ cup (2 oz) ground almonds
  • vanilla sugar icon
    ½ cup (3½ oz) vanilla sugar


  • 1Lightly spray the pizza pan with oil and line with parchment paper.
  • 2Insert the wire rack into position 5. Set the oven to Cookies, Convection, 350°F, for 12 minutes and press Start to preheat. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 3Place the flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the sugar and ground almonds and process until the mixture begins to come together.
  • 4Carefully remove the blade from the processor. Turn the dough out onto the countertop and bring together into a smooth disk.
  • 5Cut the dough into four portions and shape each portion into a log, approximately ¾-inch in diameter. Cut the log into 1½-inch lengths, then shape each length into a crescent. Place evenly spaced apart on the prepared pan.
  • 6Once preheated, place the pan in the oven and cook for 12 minutes.
  • 7The vanillekipferl should be just beginning to color. If not, cook them a little longer.
  • 8Remove from the oven and stand on the pan to cool for 2 minutes. Then, one at a time, place the vanillekipferl in the vanilla sugar and toss to coat. Using a fork, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 9Serve or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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