hese awesome cookies are a must Christmas treat in my country, probably because of Austro-Hungarian legacy. Vanillekipferl [va’nɪləkɪpfɐl] originated in imperial Vienna, and you can still find them in most stores, and in elegant Viennese coffee shops. These delicate, melt-in-your-mouth bites are also popular in other European countries: Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, and – of course – here in Croatia. You can recognize them easily – small, crescent-shaped cookies heavily dusted with vanilla sugar. Now, do you know how to get your hands on some vanilla sugar? Well, there are two ways!
First one is to take a vanilla pod, cut it lengthwise in half and put it into a jar. Fill the jar with powdered sugar and close it tightly. In a few days, you will have some lovely and fragrant, natural vanilla sugar! The other way is to go to your local store and buy a synthetically obtained product – also called vanilla sugar (confusing, I know…), which contains vanillin, and mix it with your own good old powdered sugar. The store-bought vanilla sugar is cheaper than the natural vanilla bean because vanillin – the substance that gives vanilla flavor is synthesized chemically.
Regarding shaping, I am a kind of a freak – using my scale I often portion the dough to pieces of 10g (0.35oz) each, because I really like my crescents to be identical. If you don’t have time to do that, you can always make a long rope out of the dough (app. 2.5cm which is 1″ in diameter) and cut it uniformly in 2.5cm (1″) slices, like I’m doing in this video. Shape every slice into a ball, and then into a short rope, that shouldn’t be longer than your palm’s width. The ends of the rope should be thinner than the middle part. Bend the rope in a form of a crescent and put on a baking tray.
This vanilla crescents recipe is my favorite! It calls for walnuts, but you can use almonds, hazelnuts, or even pecans instead. You can keep these cookies in a tin for a long time, at least two weeks, although when you taste them, I’m sure they won’t last a day! So, double up the recipe and start rubbing in!
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