The Christmas Cookies Where The Main Ingredient Is Love

These classic Czech cookies, adapted by Di's mum Barbara, are a tradition in the Westaway family at Christmastime, and they are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. They're so good because the main ingredient is love. 

We call them Vanilla Crescents. 


  • 8oz flour
  • 7oz butter (unsalted)
  • 4oz icing sugar (2 1/2  for bisc, 1 1/2 for rolling)
  • 4oz almond meal
  • 1 1/2 oz vanilla sugar


Mix all dry ingredients together (I sieve them) into a large bowl, and shred the butter into it. Blend, first using a knife and then fingers. Make into a ball, and from here take pieces about the size of a walnut and form into crescents and place on a dry baking tray.  Leave room to spread a bit.

Best if you have time to chill them for a while (about 30 mins) in the fridge, and then they can be cooked more slowly on a less than moderate temperature (approx 150 degrees). Bake for approx 20-30 mins. They should still stay white going on cream. Watch carefully.

While they are still hot, place them on a tea towel and sift over the remining icing sugar and vanilla sugar. Then, grab the four corners of the tea towel and gently toss the cookies around until they are coated in the sugar - be careful as they break very easily at this stage.

Store layers of cookies between baking paper in an airtight container (I store them in the freezer). Enjoy! 

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