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Vanilla Walnut Crescents

Friends look forward to receiving a gift of these crescents. They're my all-time favorite cookies. The pastry is tender and flaky, and the vanilla flavor comes through beautifully. —Betty Lawton, Pennington, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk, sour cream and vanilla; add to crumb mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Divide dough into thirds. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 10-in. circle. Combine the walnuts, sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle 1/4 cup over each circle. Cut each circle into 12 wedges.
  • Roll up each wedge from the wide end and place point side down 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Curve ends to form crescents. Whisk egg white until foamy; brush over crescents. Sprinkle with remaining nut mixture.
  • Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 110 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 48mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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