Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Holiday Tradition- Almond Crescent Cookies

When I was a little girl, my mom always baked 3 or 4 different types of cookies around Christmastime and by far my favorite were her Almond Cresents! I really have a hard time resisting them when they are sitting on my counter-- they are so buttery and sweet, and just melt in your mouth. It doesn't hurt either that they are easy to make! Keep reading to learn how to make them yourself!

1 2/3 C. almonds
1 1/4 C. flour
1/4 C. sugar
1 C. butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 C. powdered sugar

Directions: Place almonds into food processor to finely grind and measure 1 2/3 cup of the ground nuts into a large bowl.  Add flour and sugar and then work in butter and vanilla extract. The butter can be softened a little before adding. You may need to use your hands to really work the butter into the mixture. Refrigerate for an hour and then roll dough into balls (about 1 1/4 in.). Don't skip the refrigeration part or the cookies won't keep their shape.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on pan for 10 minutes and then sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. Makes 25 to 30 crescents.

Finely grind raw almonds.

Ground almonds should look something like this.

Work butter and vanilla  into flour/sugar/nuts mixture. 

Form into little balls like this approximately 1 1/4" in diameter.

Final product! Yummy!

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