Viennese Crescent Holiday Cookies

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These cookies have been a Christmas family favorite for 20 years. Flaky and buttery, they are worth the effort. Almonds can be substituted for hazelnuts.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup hazelnuts, ground

  • ½ cup sifted confectioners' sugar

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, butter, nuts, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, salt, and vanilla. Hand mix until thoroughly blended. Shape dough into a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  3. Meanwhile, place sugar in a bowl or small container. With sharp chef's knife, split vanilla bean lengthwise. Scrape out seeds, and mix them into the sugar. Cut pod into 2 inch pieces and mix into sugar.

  4. Remove dough from refrigerator and form into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball into a small roll, 3 inches long. Place rolls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet, and bend each one to make a crescent shape.

  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until set but not brown.

  6. Let stand 1 minute, then remove from cookie sheets. Place hot cookies on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Sprinkle with prepared sugar mixture. Turn gently to coat on both sides. Cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature. Just before serving, coat with more vanilla flavored sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

95 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 95
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 23mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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