Vegan vanilla crescents


How about turning the freshly baked crescents in chocolate sprinkles or a cinnamon sugar mix for a change?

Quick Facts

What To Expect


Dry ingredients:

250g whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon cornstarch

120g powdered sugar

1 vanilla bean

150g ground almonds

30g sugar


Wet ingredients:

210g vegan margarine

General InfoS

Preheat oven to 170 °C

Preparation Time ~45 mins

Baking Time ~12 mins

Serving size ~66 kcal

Number of servings ~60

How To Plan

Oh the smell of vanilla

When someone asks me what my go to junk food snack is, I would probably say it's any kind of (German) chocolate. Somehow something changes that during the colder months of the year and let's be honest - what smell makes you happier than the one of a freshly cut vanilla bean? That's right, none. I have read a while back that smelling vanilla aroma can be just as satisfying as eating something sweet. I guess that is true to some extent. However, I would always prefer to taste the vanilla after smelling it as well. And you can now as well - just try my recipe below and please let me know what you think about those amazing and crumbly vanilla crescents!

P.S. they would also make quite a sweet homemade gift for your loved ones.


  1. Weigh all dry ingredients - only 70g of powdered sugar, fill in a large bowl and loosely mix them together with a wisk.
  2. Cut open a vanilla bean and scratch it out completely - this might be the best thing you smell all day! Add it to your flour mixture.
  3. Measure the margarine and cut it into small pieces.
  4. Add the margarine to the flour mix and knead everything together - I used a hand mixer but you can also use your hands for a little kitchen workout!
  5. When everything is mixed into a smooth dough, you can form 2-3 rolls out of the dough.
  6. Wrap the rolls up in parchment paper and put them in the fridge for at least 1 hour. If you have smelly things - garlic or onion smell - in the fridge put the rolls into an air tight container.

  1. When your dough is ready, preheat the oven to 170 °C. Prepare a baking sheet with baking paper.
  2. Take out one roll of dough and cut small pieces from it. Form every piece into a crescent with your hands.
  3. Put them onto your prepared baking sheet and leave enough space between the crescents - they will become slightly bigger while baking.
  4. Bake your vanilla crescents for about 12 minutes.
  5. Mix 50g powdered sugar with some vanilla flavored sugar.
  6. Once the crescents come out of the oven, turn them in the sugar mix and put onto a plate for cooling.
  7. Enjoy!

For forming the perfect crescent I usually roll them into a ball first and then start to form a roll with more pressure on the outsides of the roll. This will form the pointy ends. When the form looks good and smooth I then form the crescents and put them on the baking sheet carefully - they break very easily. But if one does break you can just start over again.

How about turning the freshly baked crescents in chocolate sprinkles or a cinnamon sugar mix for a change?

How about turning the freshly baked crescents in chocolate sprinkles or a cinnamon sugar mix for a change?

If you make these cookies every year, you might want to try something different. I would suggest to start with the easiest way to do so - simply exchange the almonds for ground haselnuts, ground macadamia or walnuts. A different flavor but still oh so good! If that isn't enough mix up for you - how about adding a dash of cinnamon or cocoa powder to the mix? Just add a flavor of something you love and give it a try!

Have you tried my vanilla crescents? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear your creative ideas for mixing it up a little!

December 10, 2020
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