Vanillekipferl is a traditional Christmas cookie originating in Austria, although it has become a popular holiday sweet in Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. Children love help making these delicious cookies, shaping the dough into little moons. As the story goes, way back in history, the Austro-Hungarian Empire repelled an invasion from the Ottoman Turks, partly thanks to bakers in Vienna who first raised the alarm. The bakers celebrated by creating these little cookies, shaped into crescents to symbolize the Turkish flag. They have been a delicious tradition ever since!
Check out the recipe for Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents)
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