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Vanilla Crescents Recipe - Czech Vanilkove Rohlicky


Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Vanilla Crescent Cookies

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This recipe for Czech vanilla crescents or vanilkove rohlicky is popular year-round, but especially at Christmas time when they become part of vánoční cukrový (vah-NAWTCH-nee tsoo-KRAW-vee) or Christmas sweets. Some people like to roll these in vanilla sugar while they are still hot, but I prefer them rolled in confectioners' sugar. They look like freshly fallen snow -- so perfect for Christmas!

Makes about 3 dozen Czech Vanilla Crescent Cookies - Vanilkove Rohlicky

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1/2 pound butter, softened
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups finely chopped almonds or filberts
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and add sugar, vanilla and water. Mix together flour and salt, and add to creamed mixture, combining thoroughly. Add nuts until completely incorporated.

  2. Form walnut-size pieces of dough into crescent shapes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.

  3. While still warm, roll in confectioners' sugar or vanilla sugar. When cookies are thoroughly cool, roll in confectioners' sugar or vanilla sugar again and store in an airtight container. These will keep several weeks.
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