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Vanilla Crescent Cookies

This recipe originated in Croatia and has been in my husband's family for generations. I was thrilled when my mother-in-law shared it with me. —Beverly Williams, Rhinelander, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and lemon zest. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in walnuts.
  • Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into crescent shapes. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • Place sugar in a food processor. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds into food processor. Discard vanilla bean. Pulse mixture until combined. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in remaining confectioners' sugar. Coat warm cookies with sugar mixture. Cool completely on wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 77 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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