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I'm a sucker for Christmas Cookies ... never leave enough time to bake them though, and I always end up with the same ones. My granny (dad's mum) used to do the baking for the whole family, and she always had TONS of cookies ready to go onto our "Bunte Teller" (a Christmas plate with cookies, chocolates, satsumas, apples - just everything. It's a selection plate of every Christmas sweet snack really. ;) ). She used to store them on her "Loggia" (balcony) in one of those seats with storage space. They were always nice and cool when we got them.
My absolute favourite cookies are the "Vanilla Crescent". And though I have tried for years now I never ever get the same result as granny. ... Neither does my big sis, for that matter. ;)
This year I decided to start the baking early ... in the past years I always just did a quick batch on Christmas Eve, but this year I will start baking the first week in December ... I have a couple more people this year I can offload cookies at if we got too many. ;)
So... here is a recipe for Vanilla Crescents (or "Vanillekipferl" in the original) - I have stashed my granny's recipe away somewhere safe and cannot find it again... :o My sis will check her books and send me an e-mail but that will be most likely tomorrow or later this week . So I might post my granny's recipe later together with a photo of my own results (instead of a web pic). :)
Vanilla Crescents without Egg (approx. 50)
(photo source: ichkoche.at)
75g powdered Sugar
Pinch of Salt
2 packs of Bourbon-flavoured Vanilla Sugar
100g ground Almonds
2 Vanilla Beans
- Mix the flour, vanilla sugar, powdered sugar, salt, almonds and butter. Knead into a smooth dough. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Form dough into finger-sized rolls and cut into approx. 5cm long pieces. Form into crescents and lay out on 2 baking sheets lined with waxed/baking paper.
- In the meantime, slit open the vanilla beans lengthwise, scrape out the pulp and mix thoroughly with the sugar. Place in a shallow bowl.
- Immediately after baking, roll the crescents in the vanilla sugar.
If you enjoyed my recipe and like the photo, please go to the next carriage, where Cate is already waiting with her recipe. ;)