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Vanillekipferl Cheesecake | Bake to the roots

No-Bake Vanilla Crescent Cheesecake

  • Author: Bake to the roots
  • Prep Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 4h 30m
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Cheesecake
  • Cuisine: German


Delicious no-bake cheesecake for Christmas – great vanilla flavor and decorated with classic German Vanillekipferl aka. Vanilla Crescent Cookies


For the base:
7 oz. (200g) vanilla crescents
2 tbsp. butter, melted
pinch of salt
For the filling:
6 gelatin leaves
21 oz. (600g) cream cheese, at room temperature
7 oz. (200g) sour cream, at room temperature
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
3 tbsp. vanilla liquor (e.g. Licor 43)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
7 oz. (200g) heavy cream (cold)
For the decoration:
10 small vanilla crescents
some vanilla sugar
some confectioners’ sugar


1. Add the vanilla crescents (here is a recipe for those cookies) to a freezer bag and crush with a rolling pin until you get fine crumbs. Melt the butter and add together with the salt to the bag and mix until the crumbs are evenly moist. Line an 8 inches (20cm) springform tin with baking parchment and transfer the crumbs into the tin. Press to the bottom (with the back of a spoon) to create an even layer. Place in the fridge until needed.
2. Add the gelatin leaves to a small bowl with cold water and let soak for 5-7 minutes. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla liquor, and vanilla extract to a large bowl and mix until well combined. Set aside.
3. Squeeze the gelatin leaves to remove some of the water, add to a small pot and heat up until the gelatin has melted. Remove from the heat and add about 1-2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mix to the pot and combine with the gelatin. Pour this mixture into the large bowl and mix well. Whisk the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Add to the bowl and fold in. Pour the filling into the prepared springform tin, smooth out the top and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
4. Remove the cake from the tin and place on a serving plate. Decorate with some vanilla crescents. Mix the vanilla sugar with some confectioners’ sugar and sprinkle the cake with it.


Enjoy chillin’!

Keywords: cheesecake, cake, vanilla crescent, Christmas, X-mas, Vanillekipferl, no-bake