These crescent-shaped cookies known as vaníliás kifli are a common treat made during the Christmas holidays in Hungary.
1 cup (225 grams) unsalted butter
1/2 cup (115 grams) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup (170 grams) ground almonds
2 cups (220 grams) all-purpose flour
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and sugar until incorporated. Add the ground almonds and flour. Beat until soft and smooth.
Roll dough into a large ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 °F (200 °C) and line a standard baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove dough from fridge. Cut dough into 1 cm wide pieces, roll and form crescents.
Bake cookies for about 10 -12 minutes or until light brown on the bottom. Immediately remove to a rack to cool for 5 minutes.
While cookies are still warm, sprinkle vanilla sugar on top. Cool cookies completely on a rack.