These Gluten-free and Keto Almond Crescent Cookies are a melt-in-your-mouth delicious and a healthier re-creation of the traditional Almond Crescents, Moon Cookies, or Vanillekipferl. This “guaranteed to please” recipe is perfect for the Holiday Season, but you’ll love them so much you will want to make them all year round!
I have a thing for baking cookies and Almond Crescent Cookies were always a favorite of mine to make, especially at Christmastime. Today I’m super thrilled to share a healthier remake that I’m sure you will love.
Besides the charming shape, the almond flavor of these gluten-free crescent cookies is complimented perfectly by the light texture and the buttery flavor that makes it all just heavenly.
How These Keto Crescent Cookies Came to Be
I LOVE cookies, but we’ve moved more and more low carb for many reasons.
I worked on making these Keto Almond Crescents several times, and while it was fun experimenting, it was hard to get them just right.
Here’s an example of one of my “Low-Carb Almond Crescent Cookies” fails:
Might make for a base for a tart or something, but cookies they for sure weren’t. Sigh.
So I went back to the drawing board multiple times until these crescent cookies turned out perfect.
The Origin of Crescent Cookies (aka Moon Cookies or Vanillekipferl)
Almond Crescent Cookies originated as Vanillekipferl (pronounced VAN-el-eu-KIP-fuhl), which means “vanilla crescent” or “vanilla moon.” They originated in Vienna, Austria, where they are still a much-loved, traditional Christmas cookie, however, they are also quite common throughout Europe.
One legend has it that their shape is modeled after the Turkish crescent moon to celebrate one of the victories of the Hungarian army over the Turkish army.
Others that believe that this treat evolved from the Hungarian kifli, a typically-savory, croissant-like pastry that is shaped like a crescent.
Traditionally these cookies are almond based, but hazelnuts and walnuts are often used as well.
Believe me, you’ll have a hard time not eating them all.
Of course you can also simply eat them on their own.
How to Make These Keto Almond Crescents
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Please butter, salt, and sweeteners in a bowl (photo 2).
Beat together until well blended (photo 3). Add the extracts and beat well. Add remaining ingredients and combine well (photo 4).
Form into small logs, about 3 inches long.
Place the sliced almonds into a bowl. Roll the logs in sliced almonds. (photo 5)
Shape into crescents (photo 6) and place on baking tray.
Special Diet Substitutions and Notes
- Topping Options: The cookies were photographed in this post dipped in both almond slices and sprinkled with powdered sweetener, but, you could leave them plain or dip these cookies in melted chocolate or these melted Homemade Chocolate Chips or Homemade White Chocolate Chips (mmm…white chocolate and almonds–yum!) as well for an extra fancy treat.
- Sweetener: If you don’t want to eat low-carb, you can substitute sugar or most alternatives. See How to Substitute Sweeteners should you wish to use a liquid sweetener.
- Baking Time: IMPORTANT. These cookies will be quite soft when you remove them from the oven, but they will cool to be just the right texture. I know. It’s hard. You want to eat all of the cookies. Now. But trust me–resist the temptation and let them cool.
- Sweetener Amount: A few readers have commented that these cookies are a little too sweet (while other say that they are just right). You can leave off the powdered topping or reduce the sweetener amount. I haven’t tried making these with less sweetener yet, but you can let me know how it goes! Most likely the sweetness is dependent on the type you use.
I’d LOVE to hear what you think about these Almond Crescent Cookies. I mean, you’ve got your potholders and cookie trays ready and waiting already, right?
Oven pre-heated? Go and bake cookies.
Keto Almond Crescent Cookies - vegan option
- 1 cup butter (softened--or alternative. See Recipe Notes)
- 3 3/4 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 1/4 cup granulated low-carb sweetener (see Recipe Notes for alternatives)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- sliced almonds for coating (approximately 1 cup. This is a generous amount, but will ensure that you have plenty)
- powdered sweetener for coating (optional for topping; my Low-Carb Powdered Sugar Substitute)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place butter, salt, and sweetener in bowl. Beat until well blended.
- Add the extracts and beat well.
- Add remaining ingredients and combine well.
- Form into small logs, about 3 inches long.
- Place the sliced almonds into a bowl.
- Roll the logs in sliced almonds.
- Shape into crescents and place on baking tray.
- Bake at 350 for 10 - 15 min or until lightly browned.
- Let the cookies cool completely.
- Sprinkle with powdered sweetener if using.
- Store in an airtight container.
The above nutrition facts are estimates only, based on using almond flour and low carb sweeteners. Please rely on your own calculations and read my Nutrition Disclaimer here.
By the way, this recipe was originally published in February 2017. It has been updated with new text, new special diet information, new instructions, and nutritional information. In addition, new photos have been added including step-by-step photos. For reference, here is one of the photos from the original post:
What is your favorite cookie recipe?