Czech Vanilla Crescents (Vanilkove Rohlicky)

Vanilla crescents recipe

The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 18 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
221 Calories
19g Fat
10g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 18
Amount per serving
Calories 221
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 81mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 4g
Calcium 54mg 4%
*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 recipe for Czech vanilla crescents or vanilkove rohlicky is popular year-round, but especially at Christmas time when they become part of vánoční cukrový (vah-NAWTCH-nee tsoo-KRAW-vee) or Christmas sweets.

Some people like to roll these in vanilla sugar while they are still hot, and yet others prefer them rolled in confectioners' sugar—it looks like they've been dusted with freshly fallen snow, which is so perfect for Christmas.


  • 8 ounces butter (room-temperature)
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups almonds (or hazelnuts, finely chopped)
  • Garnish: vanilla sugar or confectioners' sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Pre-heat oven to 325 F.

    Vanilla crescents ingredients
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  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and add sugar, vanilla, and water.

    Cream together butter and sugar
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  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour and salt and add to the creamed mixture, combining thoroughly.

    Whisk together flour and salt
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  4. Add chopped nuts of choice and mix until completely incorporated.

    Add chopped nuts
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  5. Form walnut-size pieces of dough into crescent shapes on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.

    Put on baking tray
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  6. Allow cookies to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet. And then, while still warm, roll in confectioners' sugar or vanilla sugar.

    Allow cookies to cool
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  7. When cookies are completely cool, again roll in confectioners' sugar or vanilla sugar.

    Roll in confectioner's sugar
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  8. Serve and enjoy!

    Vanilla crescent cookies
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  • If not serving right away, transfer to an airtight container. They will keep several weeks.