Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Almond Crescent Cookies

Yum
Every December, my mom would pull out large silver trays and begin polishing them.
Then she would bake batch after batch of cookies to fill those beautiful silver trays.  Those trays of cookies would go to my dad's office, but there were always containers of cookies in the pantry for us.  The variety seemed endless!  I love how she shared her love of baking with others and hope I am passing on that same joy to my girls.  Each year we sit down and plot out our cookie baking weekend.  We always try a couple of new recipes, but we enjoy those oldies too.  Baking the cookies you remember as a kid is a great way to pass on old family recipes and traditions.  One of those cookies that my mom used to make are Almond Crescent Cookies.  Smelling those cookies baking in the oven just reminds me of my mom which makes them extra special!  I know you will enjoy them too!


Almond Crescent Cookies have that addicting almond flavor in a fun crescent shape.


The kiddos, little and big, will love helping you shape the cookies and eating them too! Ha!


Ingredients:
2/3 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into squares
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup powdered sugar (for dusting)
Directions:
Put almonds and sugar in a mini chopper.  Process until smooth.  In a large mixing bowl, place almond sugar mixture. 
Add unsalted butter squares.  Mix until coarse crumbs appear.  Add flour and salt.  Continue to mix until a dough is formed.  Shape dough into a ball.  Wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 2 hours.  
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll pieces of dough into 2" by 3/4" logs (approximate) and bend into a crescent.  Place crescent shaped dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake in a 325 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and dust with powdered sugar.



Here's to baking with your family and enjoying the fruits of your labor!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,
Christine


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