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Cinnamon Crescent Cookies

This is my family's favorite Christmas cookie. Everyone calls them 'the cookie that melts in your mouth!" —Theresa Jarabak, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min.+chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    32 cookies


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • Place flour in a large bowl; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream, egg yolks and vanilla; add to crumb mixture and mix until dough forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Divide dough into fourths. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 10-in. circle.
  • Whisk egg whites and water; brush over dough. Combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside 1/4 cup in a small bowl. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon-sugar over the dough. Cut each circle into eight wedges.
  • Roll up each wedge from the wide end; roll in reserved cinnamon-sugar. Place point side down 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Curve ends to form crescents.
  • Bake at 375° for 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 141 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 37mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.
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  • Brendansdad
    Nov 17, 2012

    My mom made a version of these except she always added chopped walnuts.