Vanilla crescents – the biscuit classic


At Christmas, vanilla crescents simply cannot be missing as a sweet treat. The Christmas Bakery has many great recipes for the bright crescent moons. Own creations are always encouraged. This article is about the preparation of vanilla crescents. We go into the ingredients, the preparation and possible decoration options. Then the big baking can begin.

The ingredients

The quantities of the ingredients can of course vary from recipe to recipe. It is important that they are in proportion to each other so that the croissants do not end up becoming too dry or falling apart.

  • 560 grams of flour
  • 160 grams of sugar
  • 400 grams of butter or margarine
  • 200 grams ground hazelnuts (alternatively ground peanuts)
  • 100 grams of sugar
  • 4 packets of vanilla sugar

Tip: If Alsan margarine is used, for example, vanilla crescents can also be enjoyed vegan.

The preparation

  1. First, the flour, the sugar, the ground nuts and the butter, which has been cut into small pieces beforehand, are kneaded into a dough. Now the dough has to be in the fridge for about an hour.
  2. After the cooling time, the kneaded dough can be formed into a roll. Now pieces about 4 centimeters thick can be cut off the roll. The croissants are now formed from these parts in their classic form.
  3. Meanwhile, the oven can be preheated to 175 degrees circulating air. Around 200 degrees can be selected for the upper and lower temperatures.
  4. As soon as the croissants have been shaped, they are placed slightly offset on a baking sheet. It is important that they have sufficient distance from each other, as the dough will rise properly during baking.
  5. The baking tray can now be placed on the middle rail. The baking time is about 15 minutes, but it doesn't hurt to check the sweet Christmas treat from time to time.
  6. Vanilla sugar and sugar can already be mixed during the baking time. As soon as the croissants come out of the oven, they get their vanilla flavor by tossing them in the vanilla sugar bath and then setting them aside to cool.
  7. After about 1.5 hours, including the resting time, the vanilla crescents are ready. They can be eaten straight away or kept in a cookie jar for a few weeks. They are also ideal as a Christmas present.
Christmas cookies
Christmas cookies.

The decoration variations of vanilla crescents

The sweet Christmas treat can be spiced up in a number of ways. Traditionally, they are often just bathed in sugar. Here, bakers have no time pressure when the vanilla crescents can cool down in the sugar bath.

Another option is to mix it with vanilla sugar, as shown in our recipe. This is probably the most common version. But there are many other interesting options to make the Kipferl something very special.

Some baking experts mix chili powder or ground pepper into the sugar. This creates a slight sharpness. Instead of chili powder, others swear by a touch of coffee. Coffee lovers will love these croissants. But the simple sprinkling with powdered sugar is also one of the classics. The vanilla crescents can be beautifully decorated for Christmas with a sieve.

In order for the popular Christmas biscuits to look good, the right decoration should not be missing. In addition to powdered sugar, sugar and vanilla sugar, you can also use a sugar glaze. Streusel and co. can of course also be used as you wish.

The croissants can also be ideally decorated with chocolate. Whether splashes, stripes or just the corner, there are no limits to creativity. Alternatively, food coloring can be used. Here, too, the imagination can run wild.

Food colors from Wenburg

We wish you a lot of fun baking and then enjoying the sure-fire and universally popular vanilla crescents. These Christmas cookies should definitely not be missing at Christmas!

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