In a large mixing bowl combine sifted flour, sifted powdered sugar and ground walnuts. Add vanilla essence and mix.
Grate chilled butter and add it to the bowl. Using your hand, combine all the ingredients until you form dough. This will take about 2-3 minutes.
Wrap in a plastic wrap or put it into a Ziploc bag and chill for 30 minutes in the fridge (See note 7).
Meanwhile: In a small bowl, mix the extra powdered sugar with vanilla sugar and set aside for later.
Take a piece of the dough (the size of a small walnut) and roll it into a ball and then into a sausage (about 0.5 inch/1.5 cm in diameter and about 3 inch/8 cm long - cut off any excess if too long).
Shape the sausage into a crescent and place onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Repeat until you have used up all the dough.
Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F/200°C for about 8 minutes.
When done, let them cool down completely on the tray before transferring them onto a plate and dipping them in powdered sugar (See note 9).
These cookies will last up to 2 weeks if stored in an airtight container in a cool place.
This recipe can be easily doubled.
Vanilla essence - you can omit it, if you don’t have it on hand or just use vanilla sugar mixed with powdered sugar for coating.
The baking time may vary slightly. This will depend on the size and thickness of your cookies as well on the oven. I recommend keeping an eye on them, especially when making them for the first time.
Butter - use real butter to make them!
Powdered sugar (US) = Icing sugar (UK).
The dough can be prepared ahead and stored in a Ziploc bag in the fridge overnight. The following day, take it out and let it sit at room temperature for a while until it gets soft. The chilling can also be omitted. Just note that the cookies may spread a little bit more (this will also depend on how long you knead it and what the temperature in your kitchen is).
You should get about 20-25 cookies out of this recipe.
The cookies will be still soft when you take them out from the oven but will harden as they cool down.
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Keyword: Crescent Cookies
Walnut Crescent Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 88Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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