My mom and I share a serious Christmas tradition: ever since I was a little child, we spend a full day in the kitchen when December begins. From the early morning till late at night, we bake Christmas cookies, at least eight types of them. Vanilla crescents were always a part of this tradition, and I guess they are THE classic Christmas cookies besides cut-out cookies. Maybe that's also why I thought they were pretty boring when I was young.

But in the meantime my taste has changed a bit and the crescents are one of my favorite cookies - call me Sailor vanilla crescent! A few years ago I tried the cocoa crescents for the first time and they are just as wonderful and delicate as the vanilla ones, which is why I'm now always baking half-half and trust me, every year they are eaten up first.

Vegan Vanilla Crescents

approx. 40 pieces
30 minutes (+ 60 minutes resting time)

Ingredients

  • 280 g (2.25 cups) flour
  • 70 g (0.33 cup) sugar
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) ground almonds
  • 210 g (1.75 oz) cold vegan butter
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 tbsp confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla sugar

For the cocoa version:

  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Add flour, sugar, pulp of the vanilla bean, and ground almonds to a bowl and stir to combine. If you want to bake cocoa crescents, then add the cocoa powder as well.
  2. Add cold vegan butter in dieces and start to combine with your hands until a smooth dough forms. If it turns out too dry, add a tiny bit of cold water.
  3. Roll the dough into a log, approx. 3-4cm/1-1.5 inches in diameter, then wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Preheat your oven to 180°C/355°F. Remove the plastic wrap and slice the log first, then form each slice into a crescent. Transfer onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for approx. 12 - 15 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, combine confectioner's sugar and vanilla sugar in a small bowl. Remove the cookies from the oven, and let them cool down for approx. 2 - 3 minutes, then toss in sugar mixture until coated, while they are still war. If you've baked cocoa crescents, dust with more cocoa powder.
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