It takes time — vanilla crescents

Vanillekipferl are an Austrian delicacy allegedly created by Viennese bakers to celebrate the Austrian victory over the Turks. Turning to Wikipedia, there is no mention of the cookie here under culinary legends spawned by the Battle of Vienna, and it should be noted that under the entry Vanillekipferl, Wikipedia informs us that the Hungarians defeated the Turks.

The dough can be rolled into balls before baking, but where is the symbolism in that? No, these are crescent-shaped like the crescent on the Turkish flag. So, eat and conquer! Unless you are Turkish. If so, put your own spin on them and eat them anyway, because they are very good.

Primary flavors are almond (a cup ground and mixed with the flour before the butter — a whole cup of that too! — is added) and vanilla. And part of the vanilla is in the powdered sugar coating which is actually vanilla sugar. And that takes time. A week, to be exact. A pound of sugar sits with two vanilla beans in an air-tight container and voilà: Vanilla sugar. Mmmm.

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About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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3 Responses to It takes time — vanilla crescents

  1. Do you have an Ikea? they sell vanilla sugar–it looks like small rocks (and it great for pastry’s that way) but the ‘rocks are actually rather soft lumps of 10X sugar. easily crushed (roll a can or rolling pin over them-in the bag they come in. I sometimes make vanilla sugar.. but not much anymore since Ikea came to town (These are one of my very favorite cookies.. ONLY spice cookies are better)

    • pattiblaine says:

      The closest Ikea is near Toronto, Helen. I hear Penzey’s sells vanilla sugar, too, and they’re a little closer (Buffalo) if looking to buy in person rather than via catalog or internet. The vanilla sugar I made looks like small rocks. Easily smashed with the back of a spoon in the bowl into which I tossed the cookies for coating. I’d make it again — easy to do — as long as I have the lead time before baking!

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