Pecan Crescent Cookies Recipe
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Pecan Crescent Cookies Recipe

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Rich, buttery and absolutely irresistible, these old-fashioned nut cookies were one of Mom's specialties. Any meal was a memorable event when she served this scrumptious treat. -Grace Yaskovic, Branchville, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 cookies equals 104 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 52 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour. Stir in pecans.
  2. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 2-1/2-in. logs and shape into crescents. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 325° for 20-22 minutes or until set and bottoms are lightly browned. Let stand for 2-3 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving. Yield: 6 dozen.
Originally published as Pecan Crescent Cookies in Taste of Home June/July 2000, p35

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"Mad= these with my mother they are a xmas special"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"My mom has made these since we were little. They are so yummy. Only difference she bakes them at 250 for 50 minutes"

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"These cookies are simple but very good. The crescent shape makes them stand out. I don't buy butter so I used margarine. I decided to try finely chopped peanuts instead of the pecans. they were good but I think the pecans would be better. The texture of this cookie is good, the inside is soft."

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"I make these every year for the holidays, they are a requirement for my goody bags (that I give out as gifts). I like to substitute cashews for pecans otherwise I pretty much leave the recipe as is. The crescent moon shape is nice for Yule gatherings as well (for those like myself who are not christian)"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"These are easy and delicous! A crowd pleaser, for sure! I actually roll mine into logs so that I can get a little extra sugar on them by rolling them in sugar instead of "dusting" them. These are similar to a wedding cookie, but SO much better. This recipe is one that I use for Christmas and when I am asked to bring a little something for the table at a wedding reception."

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