Czech Vanilkove Rohlicky – Vanilla Crescents Recipe

Vanilkove Rohlicky – Vanilla Crescents

Vanilla Crescents Recipe – Czech Vanilkove Rohlicky

In the Czech Republic, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Vanilla Crescents. Adored by young and old, these little crescents melt in your mouth. Here is a recipe for the most popular Czech Christmas cookie.


1 cup (180 gr.) all-purpose flour

½ cup (60 gr.) finely ground walnuts or almonds

1/3 cup (60 gr.) powdered sugar

½ cup and 2 tablespoons (140 gr.) butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla (1 packet of vanilla sugar)

1 cup (100 gr.) powdered sugar to coat


Leave butter out at room temperature for two hours or until soft, then cut into small pieces.  Grind walnuts in food processor until very fine.  Mix butter sugar, egg and vanilla, then add ground nuts,  and flour. Prepare a smooth dough, cover and let rest for two hours in the fridge.

Roll the dough between the palms of your hands to make a long snake, the size of a thick pencil. Cut the dough with a glass or cookie cutter to assure uniformity. Shape into crescents, put on a greased sheet pan or on a sheet pan lined with baking paper and bake in preheated oven at 350 F (180 C) for about 10 minutes until slightly golden around the edges.  While they are still warm, toss in powder sugar.  Let Vanilla Crescents cool then hide them in a sealed container in a cold room until Christmas.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Yield: 50 cookies

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 95 | Total Fat: 5.3g | Cholesterol: 10mg