Chocolate Kipferl – German Chocolate Crescent Cookies

Chocolate Kipferl or Cocoa Kipferl is an adaptation of Vanilla Crescent Cookies Recipe. It is made of Sweet Shortcrust Pastry to which nuts and cocoa are added (Schokomürbeteig). Other names in German are Schoko Kipferl, Schokoladen Kipferl, or Kakao Kipferl. They are popular Christmas Cookies (Weihnachtskekse or Weihnachtsplätzchen) in Germany and Austria. They are traditionally made by hand and shaped into a crescent moon. The best results are obtained when the dough is made the day before. You can also dip the ends in hot chocolate.

Ingredients for ~ 30-32 cookies:

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 200g butter
  • 230g flour
  • 30g cocoa (Dutch-processed cocoa powder which is the standard cocoa type in Europe)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100g ground nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, etc.)
  • 2 sachets vanilla sugar (8g ~ 2tsp) or 1 vanilla pod
  • 1-2 egg yolks or one whole egg (optional)

For coating:

  • 100g powder sugar
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar or 1 vanilla pod
  1. All ingredients should be cold, especially the butter.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, ground nuts, sugar, vanilla sugar or vanilla pod, and salt. Use a sieve for the cocoa since it tends to get clumpy.
  3. Add the cold butter cut into cubes and the egg/egg yolks. You can skip the eggs but the dough will be crumbly therefore harder to roll.
  4. Mix everything until the ingredients are combined. Do not overmix because the butter will start melting.
  5. Split the dough into 4 equal pieces and shape them into long rolls. This will help to portion the cookies later and also to cool down faster.
  6. Wrap the rolls in a foil and keep them in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of 1 hour. If you want to use the dough right away, you can use powder sugar instead of caster sugar. It is however recommended to keep the dough minimum of half an hour in the fridge so that the ingredients properly combine and it’s easier to roll.
    Chocolate Kipferl or Cocoa Kipferl is an adaptation of Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescent Cookies Recipe). Other names are Schoko Kipferl, Schokoladen Kipferl, or Kakao Kipferl. - Schokomürbeteig
  7. Preheat the oven at 190°C/374°F (no ventilation).
  8. Cut the rolls into small pieces and form the cookies with your hand. Avoid overworking the dough in your hands so that the butter doesn’t melt.
  9. You can also use a Vanillekipferl form or even roll the dough with a rolling pin and cut cookies with a cookie cutter. No crescent moon cookie cutter? No problem: just use a water glass for similar results. Traditionally, these crescent moon cookies are done by hand. However, I like using a silicone form since I don’t need to care about size. No worries, regardless of what you’re using, your cookies are going to be delicious.
  10. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes, depending on their size.
  11. Mix the powdered sugar and the vanilla sugar or vanilla pod for the coating.
  12. Let them cool down for few minutes so they don’t break that easy while handling.
  13. Coat the cookies in vanilla sugar while still hot.
  14. Chocolate Kipferl or Cocoa Kipferl (Chocolate Crescent Cookies) taste the best after a few days. They will become soft and melt in your mouth.
  15. You can easily keep them for a month, better in a metal box, a cookie glass jar, or simply on a plate on the table if you want them gone fast. 🙂
    Chocolate Kipferl or Cocoa Kipferl is an adaptation of Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescent Cookies Recipe). Other names are Schoko Kipferl, Schokoladen Kipferl, or Kakao Kipferl.