Viennese Crescent Cookies

A favorite Christmas cookie, recipe from my Grandmother, now made gluten-free and vegan (optional!). Light, a perfect buttery texture somewhere between chewy and crunchy & a hint of almond.

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Viennese Crescent Cookies

Just 7 ingredients. Super easy recipe. Yummy!

My family has a long tradition of holiday cookie baking and we have many recipes from family and friends that we look forward to and make only during the holiday season.

These Viennese Crescents, recipe from my Grandmother, are one of our favorites.

When we make them, we know Christmas is approaching.

They are light, have that perfect buttery cookie texture somewhere between chewy and crunchy, a hint of almond, and are rolled in confectioner sugar… so yummy!

As with all my family’s recipes, the original recipes called for regular flour and butter.

We have been making them with GF Jules gluten-free flour (affiliate link) for years and some times make them with dairy-free butter (also making these vegan).

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Back to the Viennese Crescents…

All you need is 7 ingredients…. gluten-free all purpose flour, confectioner’s aka powdered sugar, salt, butter or dairy-free butter, chopped walnuts (or almonds or pecans), vanilla extract and almond extract.

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And the dough comes together really quickly!

All you need to keep in mind is that the dough needs to be chilled, for at least an hour.

My mother and I both tend to make the dough the night before, and then just bring out of the refrigerator a hour or so before rolling into cookies.

When you roll them, you should roll them into 1 inch balls, then into an approximately 3 inch long roll and shape into a crescent. Err on the side of smaller than larger as they grow when they bake and if they are too long they can bake into each other, and then break more easily when cooled.

Also, don’t stress about the shape. sometimes mine look like big half moons, other times thinner crescents…. all is good, they will still taste great!

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After they cool, roll in confectioner’s sugar.

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Store in an air tight container for several weeks and freeze them for several months (I’m embarrassed to say that both my mother and I have “found” cookies in the freezer up to a year later and they still taste good!

But they definitely taste best fresh out of the over and rolled in powdered sugar!

Best flavor and I love the buttery texture somewhere between chewy and crunchy!

Hope you love them as much as we do!

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A recipe from my Grandmother, this is one of our favorite annual holiday cookies... now made gluten-free and sometimes vegan! Light, buttery, a hint of almond... always a fan favorite! NOTE: Prep time includes refrigerating dough for 1 hour (you can also chill ovenight)
Recipe type: Holiday Cookies
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free optional, Vegan optional
Serves: 4 dozen cookies
Cookie Dough
  • 2 Cups all-purpose Gluten-Free Flour with xanthan gum (we use [GF Jules)
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter or dairy-free alternative, softened (if using butter, we usually use 1 stick salted butter, 1 stick unsalted butter)
  • 1 cup ground walnuts, almonds OR pecans (we usually use walnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
2 cups Confectioner Sugar for rolling baked cookies
Make Cookie dough
  1. In large bowl, combine flour, confectioner sugar, salt. Mix with a pastry cutter or mixer.
  2. Add butter, nuts,and extracts. Mix until thoroughly blended.
  3. Remove dough from the bowl and wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for 1 hour (We often make this dough in the evening and refrigerate overnight, but then you need to remove from the refrigerator about 2 hours before rolling cookies)
Roll cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and place parchment paper on 2 baking sheets,
  2. Shape cookies: Form dough into 1-inch balls. Then, with palms of hands, roll each ball into a 3-inch long roll.
  3. Place rolls 2 inches apart on cookie sheets; curve each roll to make crescent shape.
  4. Bake 10 – 12 minutes, or until set, but not brown.
Roll in confectioner sugar
  1. Let cookies cool on baking sheets. Then roll cookies in confectioner sugar, turning gently,to coat both sides.
  2. Store in an air tight container.


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