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 bowl halfway through mixing.
  3. Add flour, salt,  ground almonds, and egg.  Mix on low speed until well combined.  
  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.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until bottom of cookie is lightly brown.
  6. While cookies are baking, combine one package of Vanillin Zucker with 3/4 cup sugar.  
  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. 
  8.  Place the sugar-coated cookies on a plate to cool completely.


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