Brief history of the Vanillekipferl, or Vanilla Crescent
A specialty of the Bavarian town of Nördlingen, they originate from Vienna, Austria and are also part of the typical Christmas baking in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, and Slovakia.
The cresecent shape of the cookie is said by some to reflect the Turkish moon symbolizing the wartime victory of the Hungarian army over the Turkish.
They are made from a shortcrust pastry and unlike others, the Vanilla Crescent takes a skilled pair of hands to create the “kipferl” without breaking the cookie. The trademark flavor comes from being dusted and turned in vanilla flavored sugar while still warm.
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