Monday, November 21, 2011

Walnut Crescent Cookies

Rolling a crescent cookie in powdered sugar
 These are my favorite cookies frozen. Over the years, I have probably eaten my weight in frozen walnut crescents. I dearly love these. Of course, they are my mother's recipe. She makes dozens and dozens of these every Christmas. You would think I would get tired of them but I don't. Maybe it is because we only have them at Christmas.

Walnut Crescents

1 Cup (227 g) of Butter, Softened
1/4 Cup (28 g) of Powdered Sugar (plus more to roll the cookies in)
1 1/2 Tsp of Water
2 Cups (250 g) of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup (114 g) of Ground Walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 F/190C/Gas Mark 5.
Ground walnuts
Cream butter and 1/4 Cup (28 g) of powdered sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Cookie dough- no raw eggs so you can eat the dough
Shape into logs 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) in diameter and cut into two inch (5 cm) pieces.
You can refrigerate the dough until ready to make the cookie. Just bring the dough to room temperature.
Shape each piece into a crescent, place on ungreased cookie sheet, and push ends down on sheet.
Ready for the oven
Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and roll in powdered sugar. Once the cookies are cool, roll again in powdered sugar.
Rolling cookies in powdered sugar
The bottom line: will I make these again? Yes. I will probably make several batches of these cookies for Christmas. I can't wait until they are frozen and I can sneak into the basement and eat them out of the freezer. The only problem is the powdered sugar. I have to remember to dust it off my shirt or everyone will know I was eating cookies out of the freezer.


  1. Oh my goodness THANK YOU!! I have craved these cookies for years, ever since I had some at my uncle's wedding long ago. His bride is of Czechoslovakian descent and all I knew was the cookies were called "kolaci". Google searches brought up NOTHING and finally I decided to google what I remembered about them and your site was the first on the list. Thank you so, so much! Tomorrow I'll be off to the grocery store to get supplies.

  2. I hope you like them and that they are the cookies from the wedding.

  3. Back to report that these ARE the cookies! Made a batch over the weekend and I think we ate more of these than anything else! Again, thank you so very much!