Recipe – Christmas Cookies – Vanilla Crescents

Vanilla Crescents

Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Nicole Erben
Delicious Czech Christmas Cookies
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Servings 12 people


  • Bowls
  • Measuring Cups
  • Kitchen Food Scale


  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Crushed Almonds
  • 1 cup Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • Lemon Peel (zest)


  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 packages Vanilla Sugar


  • Set Oven to 350 °F.
  • Mix Dry Ingredients including lemon peel (zest) in mixing bowl.
  • Dump dry ingredients onto a clean countertop.
  • Push dry ingredients together to form a volcano-shaped pile with 'well' on top. Pour egg yolks into 'well'.
  • Work egg yolks into dry ingredients with hands.
  • Add softened butter a little at a time and continue to work the dough with hands until a dough ball is formed. **If the dough is too dry add 1 whole egg**.
  • Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator to chill for about 1/2 hour **dough can also be left in the fridge overnight **
  • Remove chilled dough from the refrigerator if the dough was left overnight allow it to sit at room temperature for about a half-hour to soften it slightly.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Lightly flour the clean countertop.
  • Cut dough ball in half. Setting one half of dough aside to use later.
  • Pinch a small amount of dough from the ball and roll on the floured countertop to form a small marble-sized ball. Work the dough to form a crescent moon-shaped cookie.
  • Place on lined cookie sheet. **One cookie sheets holds between 35-45 cookies depending upon the size of each cookie**
  • Place cookie sheet on the middle rack of the oven and bake until edges of cookies turn a light brown colour (approximately 12 minutes). If cookies are not brown add another 2 – 3 minutes of baking time.
  • In a shallow pan add 1 cup of powdered sugar and 3 packs of vanilla sugar.
  • Remove cookies from the oven.
  • While cookies are still warm add a few cookies at a time to the sugar in the shallow pan turning to coat.
  • Place coated cookies on your favorite Christmas platter and enjoy!!
Keyword Cristmas, Czech, Easy, Favorite, Traditional