Burnt Vanilla Crescents

When you heat a vanilla pod, it results in a new flavour that is at once familiar, as well as exotic. The flavour comes through beautifully in these sugar-dusted buttery crescent cookies that can be made well in advance
Burnt Vanilla Crescents
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Burnt Vanilla Crescents
November 21, 2019
Level Easy
Preparation Time 10 minutes
Cooking Time 15 minutes
Serves Makes 14 cookies
PHOTO BY Katelyn Allegra
RECIPE BY Katelyn Allegra
FOOD STYLING BY Katelyn Allegra


1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
230g salted butter, softened
65g spinneysFOOD Super Fine Icing Sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp vanilla extract
335g cake flour
2 tbsp milk


  • 1

    To make the burnt vanilla, preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius, gas mark 4.

  • 2

    Place the vanilla pod in the oven for 5 minutes or until it puffs up.

  • 3

    Leave to cool before blitzing into a fine powder in a blender or food processor.

  • 4

    Line a large baking sheet with baking paper.

  • 5

    Cream the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy - approximately 8 minutes.

  • 6

    Beat in the burnt vanilla powder and vanilla extract. Add the flour and milk and mix to form a soft dough.

  • 7

    Shape tablespoons of the dough into crescent moon shapes and arrange on the baking sheet.

  • 8

    Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until turning golden.

  • 9

    Immediately dust in the icing sugar to coat while still warm.


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