Viennese Almond Crescents

by Antonia on December 12, 2012

Viennese Almond Crescents #FBCookieswap healthinspirations.net

Yay, the day has arrived. I can finally share my Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap recipe with you all. I’ve been waiting forever. First of all I would like to thank Lindsay and Julie for organizing this event. I immediately jumped on board when I saw Lindsay’s post about it and wasn’t discouraged by the fact that there was only one other participant from Germany. When Lindsay emailed us whether we still wanted to take part, Erin and I were both quick to reply “yes!!!” The only downside was the fact that we each only received one box of cookies and not three, as the rest of the participants did…but since I love baking I took part anyways. And I’m glad I did. It gave me the chance to meet Erin and get to know her wonderful blog. I would check it out if you don’t know it yet!

Anyways, now is the time to share the recipe of the cookies I sent to Erin. I put a lot of thought into which cookies would be most suitable. I know from experience that when sending cookies they should be sturdy enough not to crumble into a million pieces when being handled by the post. Throughout the years we have always sent a box of cookies to London for Christina and Fraser so we’ve figured out how to best pack the cookies. I was relieved when Erin emailed me that the cookies arrived in one piece and not a thousand crumbs.

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The ingredients needed for these cookies are things that you will most likely already have in your pantry: flour, powdered sugar, egg, butter, chocolate, salt, vanilla sugar {you know I much I love this stuff} and ground almonds.

Ingredients Cookies

Begin by cutting the butter into cubes and throw them into the bowl of your stand mixer.

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Add a pinch of salt and…

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…one egg yolk.

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Next add the powdered sugar. I don’t know why in our household powdered sugar tends to be crumbly. If this happens to your sugar too, you don’t have to sift it. The mixer will do this for you.

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And finally add the vanilla sugar!

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Using your stand mixer mix until everything is smooth and creamy.

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Then add the flour …

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…and the roasted and ground almonds. 

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While your hands are still clean prepare a big piece of cling film.

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Then it time to get those hands dirty. Incorporate the flour and almonds into the butter mixture. Mix until the dough comes together and you can form a ball.

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Wrap the dough into the cling film and then let it rest in the fridge for 2 hours.

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When the 2 hours are up, preheat your oven to 180°C. Generously cover a clean surface with flour.

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Knead the dough to soften it just a little. Cut into 3-4 smaller pieces.

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Roll each piece out to about 1-1.5 cm thick rolls.

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Then cut the rolls in to smaller pieces.

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Roll out each of the pieces into smaller rolls and form them into small crescents.

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Just like so…

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Repeat with the rest of the dough and lay the crescents onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 12 minutes. Then let them cool completely. Tip: if you live in a country where it’s currently cold, take advantage of that and let the cookies cool outside. They’ll be ready for the glaze in no time and you don’t have to wait for ages.

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While the cookies are cooling prepare a double boiler. Get the water boiling and add the dark chocolate into the bowl to slowly melt away.

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Also get a bowl of roasted, ground almonds ready.

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When the cookies are cold dunk them half into the chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drip off.

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Lay them back onto the baking sheet and while the chocolate is still hot sprinkle with ground almonds.

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Enjoy one while it’s fresh. That’s when they’re best.

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Store them in an airtight container for up to a month, though really, the won’t be around for that long anyways!

Viennese Almond Crescent for Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap by healthinspirations.net

Viennese Almond Crescents

makes about 35 cookies

Ingredients:

For the cookies:

  • butter, cut into cubes
  • powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • a pinch of salt
  • flour
  • 100g almond, roasted and ground

For the glaze:

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 75g almonds, roasted and ground

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, add the butter, powdered sugar, a pinch of salt, vanilla sugar and the egg yolk. Using the dough hook from your kitchen machine or optionally your hand mixer mix until creamy and smooth.
  2. Then add the flour and almond and using your hands knead into a dough ball or press flat. Transfer the dough onto some cling film and wrap it up. Cool the dough in the fridge for about an hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  4. Then unwrap the dough and add flour to a clean surface.
  5. Knead the dough until warmed up and cut off about a third. Roll into a 3cm thick roll. Then cut into equal slices.Roll out each of those pieces into about 7cm long pieces and form them to crescents.
  6. Transfer the crescents onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 12 minutes.
  7. Let the cookies cool completely. If it’s cold where you are, just put them outside for a few minutes.
  8. In the meantime prepare a water bath and melt the chocolate.
  9. When the cookies have cooled down dunk them half into the melted chocolate and immediately sprinkle them with the ground almonds.
  10. Let the chocolate cool completely and store them in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. But trust me, they won’t last that long!!!

Viennese Almond Cresents for Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap by healthinspirations.net

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Kathryn December 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

It’s so nice to see two bloggers that I really like come together over cookies – I’m glad you and Erin have ‘met’ now : )

These cookies look wonderful too, so pretty and I bet they taste even better!

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Antonia December 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Thanks Kathryn!!! :) I really wish I had “met” Erin earlier though…absolutely adore her blog.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks December 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

They look so good! I love the horseshoe shape, too. So pretty!

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Antonia December 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Averie, it’s an honor to have you visiting my little corner of the web. I love your blog and your recipes are all to die for!!!

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Jennifer December 13, 2012 at 4:52 am

Your cookies are beautiful!!! :-)

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Melissa @ Fit 'N' Well Mommy December 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

These look really good! I just stumbled upon your blog and I’m so happy I did! Your pictures and recipes are making my mouth water!

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Antonia December 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

Welcome Melissa. I’m glad you found my blog :)

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Meghan@cleaneatsfastfeets December 16, 2012 at 3:49 am

I love all things almond flavored. These look wonderful.

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Nina December 19, 2012 at 12:19 am

The cookies look so good! I think your powdered sugar might be clumpy because it’s soaking up moisture from the air. It happens with brown sugar too! You probably don’t need to do this but I heard that if you put a slice of bread in with the sugar (well, brown sugar), it won’t be crumbly anymore :)

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Krista January 8, 2013 at 4:33 am

these look amazing! I’d be curious on the amounts of flour etc.

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