Recipe: Maria & Eva’s Vanilla Crescents




These are the kind of dainties you keep stashed in a secret Tupperware container hidden in the pantry…but they ever last long, primarily due to the person who put them there.  This delish Vanilla Crescent recipe is from Maria and Eva Konecsny’s wonderful new book, Kindred (Macmillan). Maria and Eva are the founders of the popular spice and seasoning stores, Gewürzhaus, and they certainly know a thing or two about great tastes and recipes! Kindred, described on the cover as a collection of  ‘recipes, spices and rituals to nourish your kin’ certainly delivers with these vanilla treats:

These moon-shaped cookies are not actually a German invention but rather originated in Vienna, Austria. Their buttery, nutty vanilla flavour and soft tenderness to bite make them a Christmas favourite throughout much of Europe. – Eva

Makes 25



200 g (11⁄3 cups) plain flour

80 g (3⁄4 cup) ground almonds

150 g salted butter, at room temperature

80 g (2⁄3 cup) icing sugar, plus extra for dusting

1 egg yolk

1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out

1⁄2 tonka bean, finely grated (optional)


In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, ground almonds and butter, rubbing the mixture with your fingers, working it until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Add the sugar, egg yolk, vanilla seeds and tonka bean (if using) and repeat the process of rubbing the ingredients in with your fingers until combined and well blended.

Tip the dough onto a lightly floured bench and start kneading it. After about 2–3 minutes, the ingredients will come together and form a smooth dough. Divide it in half, then roll it into two logs, approximately 4 cm in diameter. Wrap them and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 160°C fan-forced. Line a baking tray.

Remove the dough from the fridge. Pinch off walnut-sized pieces, roll them into little logs about 5 cm long, then taper the edges by rolling them a little thinner. Carefully bend into a crescent and place on the prepared tray.

Bake for 12 minutes or until they are just starting to colour. Remove from the oven and let them cool for a minute, then transfer the crescents to a wire rack. Immediately sift over
a generous amount of icing sugar while they are still hot.

Cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

COOK’S NOTES: You can replace the ground almonds with another nut meal, such as hazelnut or pistachio. The tonka bean is optional, but it gives a stronger almond/marzipan taste, which feels even more like Christmas.


Kindred by Maria and Eva Konecsny, published by Plum, RRP $49.99, photography by Armelle Habib.