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Vanillekipferl on a plate top view

Vanillekipferl- Austrian Almond Crescents

  • Author: Gitta
  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 90 minutes
  • Yield: 72 Cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Austrian, German


Popular Austrian cookie made during the Christmas season.



  • 1 cup plus two tablespoons Unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 pkg Vanillin Zucker
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray sheet pan (any size) with pan release or line with parchment paper.  
  2. Place butter and sugar in mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy about 5 minutes, scraping sides of the bowl halfway through mixing.
    Butter and sugar in a stand mixer metal bowl with a white paddle attachment
  3. Add.flour, salt,  ground almonds, and egg.  Mix on low speed until well combined.  
    flour, salt,  ground almonds, and egg with paddle attachment in a bowl
  4. Take 1 tablespoon dough and roll between your hands to form a log.  Lay on sheet pan and shape into a crescent.  Continue making crescents until you have used all your dough.
    Vanillekipfril cookies in three rows on sheet pan.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the bottom of the cookie is lightly brown.
  6. While cookies are baking, combine one package of Vanillin Zucker with 3/4 cup sugar.  
    Package of vanillin zucker
  7. As soon as the cookies are done baking, with a spatula place about 4-6 cookies in the vanillin-sugar combination and using a spoon lightly toss them in the sugar until they are coated. 
    Sugar with cookies in a bowl.  Cookies are being coated with the suga.
  8.  Place the sugar-coated cookies on a plate to cool completely.
    Finished cookies on a green rimmed plate


Vanillin Zucker can be purchased at Cost Plus World Market, Whole Foods and other grocery stores.  You will find it in the baking section.