Cookies and Bars · Czech Heritage and Dishes

Czech Vanilkove Rohlicky (Vanilla Crescents)

Czech recipes of all types are fun for me to make and eat. December 2021 I joined Sokol San Francisco for their Christmas cookie webinar. It was a wonderful class and I chose to make the Vanilkove Rohlicky. The burst of lemon in every bite is so refreshing and delicious. The substitution of almonds for walnuts was delicious as well. I’ve attached a link to the full YouTube video to enjoy!

CZECH VANILKOVE ROHLICKY

INGREDIENTS:
  • 240 g flour, sifted
  • 180 g butter, room temperature (increase by 2 tbsp. if using almonds)
  • 120 g ground walnuts (I used almonds)
  • 60 g sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest (optional)
  • vanilla sugar & confectioner’s sugar for coating
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grind nuts to course texture.
  3. Mix ground nuts with sifted flour, egg yolks, sugar and butter (cut into smaller pieces). Add lemon zest. (My cookies were a little dry, so I added juice of 1/2 a lemon).
  4. Work into smooth dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let rest for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days ahead of baking.
  5. Divide the dough into four pieces. Roll each into a strand about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Cut the strand into small equal-size pieces (about 1/2 inch).
  6. Roll each piece into a ball then flatten between your hands. Press side of cookie inward to make a crescent shape. Don’t make them too long and skinny since they will break very easily.
  7. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Let cool slightly, but still warm, roll each crescent in a bowl of confectioner’s sugar mixed with vanilla sugar. You can also sift the sugar mixture over the baked cookies.

Recipe from San Francisco Sokol Czech Christmas Cookie Class 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5dXDRkEnEM