Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Almond Crescent Cookies

When choosing a recipe for a Christmas cookie exchange, my mind is made up quickly: Almond. Cookies. I find almond flour in cookie dough so incredibly addictive. I could honestly eat half the batch of dough by myself, and often times have. But on this rare occasion I only sampled the finished cookies - I'm all grown up now!


Almond Crescent Cookies


The crescent cookies were truly magnificent. The kind of cookie that can be eaten in the afternoon with a cup of tea or served after dinner. I personally preferred them without the confectioners' sugar, but I must admit white-dusted cookies look so more special - especially in this weather! Rating: 4- out of 5.



Almond Crescent Cookies: The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook - Allysa Torey & Jennifer Appel

Ingredients:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softenened
- ⅓ cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup finely ground almonds (or almond flour)
- 2 ¼ cups of flour
- Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling

Instructions:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract, the almond extract, and the ground almonds and mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Slowly mix in the flour. Make a ball with the dough and roll small pieces of the dough into ovals, then form crescents. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving several inches between for expansion. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until lightly browned.
- Cool the cookies on the sheet for 1 minute, then remove to a rack to cool completely. When cooled, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.


Are you joining a Christmas cookie exchange this year?

Almond Crescent Cookies

13 comments:

Cara said...

YUM!
maybe I will make these for christmas :)
<3 Cara
Lilac and Grey

How To Be Perfect said...

These look utterly beautiful. x

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Oo! I love nutty cookies in powdered sugar. I used to eat them by the boxful as a kid and they always make me feel festive. Actually I'm planning on making some pecan ones soon :).

Lucie said...

I love almond cookies--yours are beautiful! No cookie exchange for me, I just go and pass them around at work!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I'm thinking that almonds are perfect for Christmas! Think about it, they feature in fruit cakes or fruit mince tarts or panforte. And they're a wonderful feature for your cookies. Great choice!

Chele said...

Oh no!!! Don't tell me grown ups aren't allowed to eat cookie dough!!!! That's me sunk ;0(
Lovely cookies by the way!

cakeje van eigen deeg said...

I wonder how these look from the inside! the look so snowy and soft ;-)

Fashion Meets Food said...

wow! These look so heavenly!

xo

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farfalla said...

typical czech christmas cookie:-) yummy

sabsy's cake dreams said...

i love this cookie this is the cookie we always make with christmas and without it it will never be christmas

Anonymous said...

If you roll the crescents in the powdered sugar, while the cookies are still warm, the sugar will hold onto the cookie much better!

Paris Pastry said...

Thanks for the tip!