Monday, December 19, 2011

Almond Crescents

Christmas is almost here and I'm almost done my baking.  A little behind this year but everything will be ready soon.  This is the recipe for my favourite Christmas cookies - almond crescents.  I always used to give some to a friend of mine whose husband was from Greece.  He said they tasted just like ones his mother used to make and reminded him of home and childhood.


1 cup butter
2/3 cup of icing sugar (extra for rolling finished cookies)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
2 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour

Cream the butter and sugar together in your mixer until smooth.  Beat in vanilla, almond extract and the almonds.  Then beat in the flour until well mixed.  It will look at bit crumbly.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll some of the dough out and cut pieces about 2 inches long.  Form them into crescents and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  You will able to make about 3 dozen.

Bake about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Let cool on a rack.  Then pour some more icing sugar in a cereal sized bowl.  Gently roll each cookie in the icing sugar.  They are the best cookies around and I guarantee you will enjoy them.  They freeze really well too.

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