10 Reviews

To me these were good, but not great. I also found that the recipe was hard to follow as the measurements were given in grams and ml and I am used to cups and tablespoons. I kneaded the dough for quite a while but it would not come together. In the end I added a tablespoon of egg substitute. After that the dough came together easily. I cooked them as the recipe indicated, adding the powdered sugar after they came out. They were ok tasting, but the measurement could have been more user-friendly. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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Phantom2010 December 19, 2010

Note about powdered sugar: I just wanted to say these sound a lot like pecan crescents. You can make the sugar stick after they cool off. I bake crescents ahead of time, freeze them without sugar, and thaw them when ready to use. You need a clean new spray bottle. Fill it with water, mist the cookies on a cookie sheet, sift on the powdered sugar with a strainer and a spoon, and let dry. My family is mostly German descent and they rave about pecan crescents. If you try that with this recipe, try a SMALL BATCH first, before the holidays, to make sure it works the same on this recipe.

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TheCookieMonster November 07, 2008

These have been a Christmas tradition in my family for years. I never knew they were of German origin what a happy surprise! We all love these they are gobbled up fast! Thanks so much for posting this!

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WildWaysPaige October 20, 2008

Excellent biscuits, fantastic texture and flavour. Very easy to make, just mix all ingredients together and no rolling/cutting required. I have made a different version of this biscuit (lemon almond shortbread) omitting the vanilla and adding very finely grated lemon peel & juice of 1/2 a lemon, forming the biscuits into little disks instead of cresents. I think that this tastes better than the original, however it all depends on your personal taste! Thanks very much for the recipe.

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_lux_ January 12, 2007

Just like I was back in Germany

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petraedwards December 28, 2004

Excellent cookie! Very nice texture! Rich and tintilatlating. Very similar to Russian Tea Cakes. Must say I liked them! Far to much for my new figure I have worked so hard for!!!!!

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cmschip1 December 19, 2004

I made these while my husband was hanging Christams lights. I went outside when they were finsihed and gave him a bite. Next thing I know he is in the kitchen asking where the cookies were!!! He even asked me to make some more to bring to work. Thank you for the great post!!! These will be an addition to our family! *\o/*

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Sweet Southern Cookin December 15, 2004

One of my favorite Christmas cookies! Here in Germany I can buy vanilla flavoured sugar that I mix with the powdered sugar to dust the cookies. It adds a nice additional vanilla taste. You can make your own vanilla powdered sugar easily though by cutting open a vanilla pod lengthwise and putting it together with 2 cups powdered sugar in an airtight container. Let it sit for 2 weeks and use whenever you want to add a subtle vanilla flavour to desserts or cookies. I like to use blanched almonds for this recipe. The taste is finer and the vanilla more pronounced, but my mother prefers almonds ground with their skins on in Vanille Hoernchen because they give a more robust flavour. Thanks Steph Doll for posting this wonderful recipe.

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Inge 1505 December 11, 2004

i made these for a german project and they were so good!! my teacher loved them!! and this senior in my class liked them so much he asked me to prom!! you saved my life from being a completly miserable experience!! i've got to go buy my prom dress!! i can't believe it, i'm a freshman going to prom!! i hope he asks me to marry him, so we can have a happy life together!! we can have 3 kids and i will be the mom who makes the worlds best cookies!! i will not drive a mini van, because i'm too good for that. i'm going to be a lawyer and my future husband will be a doctor. he will never lose his hair and he won't have a beer belly because i'm too good for that and i make good cookies. ok guys i have to go seach for my wedding dress and center pieces. FOR MY WEDDING...because i'm getting MARRIED (and going to prom). tee hee i'm cool.

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arg_likeapirate December 04, 2004

Very easy and very good! I remember these from when I was a kid and the lady down the street made them year-round. I did everything according to the recipe and baked them for 9 1/2 minutes at 325 in a convection oven. These will be a wonderful addition to my Christmas cookie selection.

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Just Call Me Martha November 22, 2004
Vanille Hoernchen (German Christmas Cookies)