Croatian Vanilla Crescent Cookies (Vanili-Kifli)
These delicious shortbread cookies are a traditional Christmas cookie in Croatia.
1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup Confectioners sugar, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean
In a large bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and lemon zest. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts.
Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into crescent shapes. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Place sugar in a food processor. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds into food processor. Discard vanilla bean. Pulse mixture until combined. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in remaining confectioners' sugar. Coat warm cookies with sugar mixture. Cool completely on wire racks. Store in an airtight container.