Polish Vanilla Cookies (Ciasteczka Waniliowe)

Polish Vanilla Cookies recipe

 The Spruce

  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 60 Cookies (30 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
120 Calories
8g Fat
11g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 60 Cookies (30 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 120
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 69mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 3g
Calcium 33mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This egg-free recipe for Polish vanilla cookies, or ciasteczka waniliowe (chahss-TETCH-kah vah-neel-YAW-veh), is made with ground almonds and vanilla bean, which gives them a rich nutty flavor.

They are formed into crescent shapes much like Polish rogaliki, except the latter calls for egg yolk. This crescent is also considered a Polish Christmas cookie.

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean (scraped of its seeds, or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)
  • 3 1/2 ounces ground almonds
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients and preheat oven to 350 F.

    Polish Vanilla Cookies recipe
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  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.

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  3. Add the scraped seeds from the vanilla bean (or vanilla extract) and the almonds, and mix again.

    Polish Vanilla Cookies recipe
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  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.

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  5. Add it to the butter-sugar mixture and thoroughly combine. If the dough is too dry and crumbly, add 1 to 2 tablespoons milk.

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  6. On parchment-lined baking sheets, portion out small balls of dough.

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  7. Roll into a pencil shape in the hands and then shape into small crescents. Bake 5 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are golden.

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  8. In a small bowl, mix together the confectioner's sugar and vanilla sugar.

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  9. While cookies are still on the baking pan, sprinkle with the sugar mixture.

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  10. Let cool completely and serve or store in a tightly-covered container.

    Polish Vanilla Cookies recipe
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