The one true must-have on every holiday table and one of the most favorite cookies consumed in the Czech Republic. But are they really Czech?
Well, the story begins in Vienna during the Austro-Hungarian Empire which the Czech lands were part of at that time. In 1786, Ludwig Dehne opened a shop with frozen goods and later freshly baked cookies, donuts and other foods. Despite having huge success with the company and recieving the title of a Purveyor to the Imperial and Royal Court, his son sold it to his journeyman Christoph Demel and pursued an academic career.
Demel renamed the company, which you can visit even today after himself. Luckily for everybody, the secret vanilla crescents recipe was disclosed and it spread throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire, so we can enjoy it everywhere now.
For 30-40 cookies, you will need:
1 1/2 cups butter
7/8 cup powder sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup ground nuts (almonds or walnuts)
1 tsp vanilla bourbon extract
a pinch of salt
vanilla powder sugar for dusting
Work all ingredients together in a firm dough and let it sit in the fridge overnight. The next day, preheat the oven to 160 C/320 F and start forming walnut-sized pieces of dough into crescent shapes. Put them down on pans lined with baking paper and bake for 15 min. Dust them with vanilla powder sugar heavily while they are still hot. Enjoy!