These walnut crescents, made with walnuts, confectioners sugar, butter, flour, and salt, are elegant and easy and a European Christmas cookie classic. Delicate in texture and nutty in taste, they’ll disappear quickly.
Come Christmas throughout central Europe, you’ll happen upon cookies shaped in the fashion of a crescent moon in practically every country. We’re still getting our facts aligned as to the significance of the shape, but while we do that, help yourself to this lovely, tender, delicate little classics.–Renee Schettler
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- 25 M
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- Makes 24
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Recipe Testers Reviews
These walnut crescents are really good! The walnut flavor really comes through, which is nice. These are quite delicate and crumbly so be careful when you roll them in the sugar (I may have broken a couple but don’t worry they still tasted great!). Overall these are super easy to make and delicious!
They took less than 10 minutes to put together (love that!) and then 20 minutes to bake (I started checking at 15 as noted and am glad I did!). I actually toasted the walnuts when I brought out the butter to bring it to room temperature which then made it a breeze to actually make the cookies.
I really liked the flavor of these cookies. Aside from some slight spreading on the second batch, the cookies looked as good as they tasted. Crescent cookie recipes usually turn out dry but with good flavor. But this one turned out really well.
I was able to mold the dough right after mixing even though it was quite soft. I went ahead and put the shaped cookies in the fridge for 20 minutes before baking. (You can use this technique with other cookies, too. This helps minimize spreading.) When taking them out to dredge in the powdered sugar, they were very delicate and became less so as they cooled. The only problem was that the last few did not seem to have the confectionners' sugar stick as well.
I tried one cookie on the day these were made and it was great. I stored them overnight in a container and the next day I packaged some for my husband to bring into work and some for visitors from elsewhere and I tried one myself. The reviews were all thumbs up.