My Favorite German Vanilla Bean Half Moon Cookies

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Advent season and the need to be baking German Christmas cookies have officially arrived! I think back to afternoons after school spent with my grandma Sieghilde, baking Christmas cookies in her kitchen with my twin sister and I – those are the best kinds of memories. Sweet scents filling the air, sneaking pieces of raw cookie dough into my mouth here and there, ending up with usually four or so different kinds of cookies every year.

It’s hard to pick favorites, but after thoughtful contemplation, I can say that these cookies are the winner. They offer a very satisfying return for the amount of time spent. The soft, crumbly texture with the simple vanilla bean taste is what does it for me. Definitely make sure to try these and comment below to let me know how they turned out! And if you haven’t yet subscribed, please do, so that I can keep you posted on new German recipes every week and you won’t miss out on giveaways (a few more coming before the year ends!).

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Ingredients for 40 cookies:


  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 15 Tbsp (210 g) soft butter
  • 2/3 c (100 g) ground almonds (you can also use ground hazelnuts)
  • 1/2 c (70 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 c (250 g) all-purpose flour

Also needed:

  • Powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 390 degrees.
  2. Cut vanilla bean open lengthwise, then scrape out the seeds. Combine with other ingredients to make a smooth dough. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Half the dough and shape into 8 inch (20 cm) logs on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 20 slices each (1 cm thick each).
  4. Shape the slices into pencil-thick rolls of about 2 inch length with tapered ends that run towards each other (like a crescent moon shape).
  5. Lay on baking sheets covered with parchment paper and bake on the middle rack for 10 to 12 minutes or until starting to brown at the ends.
  6. Once finished backing, remove from oven and let cool completely. Carefully roll or sprinkle in powdered sugar.
  7. Guten Appetit!

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Some Other Christmas Time Favorites:

  • Dampfnudeln – A German Christmas Market Favorite!
  • Bratapfel – German Baked Apples perfect to get you through winter!
  • Gl√ľhwein – Visit this Oktoberfest post for a simple and delicious Gl√ľhwein recipe!

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