This is a recipe I make almost every Christmas. I got it from a coworker about 20 years ago. It's a big hit with those who like almonds.

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen cookies
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • Beat butter and confectioners' sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt; mix briefly to incorporate. Gradually stir 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour into the creamed butter, add almonds, and mix until dough is just combined.

  • Shape dough into tiny crescents; place on an ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

  • Bake cookies in preheated oven until edges are golden, about 15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Roll cookies in sifted confectioners' sugar when cooled.

Cook's Notes:

If your kitchen is warm, the dough can be challenging to shape. Chill dough for 1 hour or overnight to make it stiff enough to handle.

The cookies are delicate, so it is best to layer them between wax paper when storing and arrange on a platter in a single layer when serving.

Nutrition Facts

70 calories; protein 0.9g 2% DV; carbohydrates 5.6g 2% DV; fat 4.9g 8% DV; cholesterol 10.2mg 3% DV; sodium 39.5mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2017
I’m surprised these don’t have more reviews! These are really good. I participate in a cookie exchange every year and everyone always hopes I make these again. I have actually rolled them out and used cookie cutters on them too rather than form the dough. I find that works well. Not sure what happened with the 1 star reviewer on here but I imagines they did not include the almonds or did not chop them fine. I chop my almonds in blender or food processor basically until it is like a flour. That makes up a significant part of the dough. Maybe they missed that part. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/18/2016
Followed the directions to a t. 8 minutes into baking I now have a sheet cookie. Somehow I think the butter ingredient is wrong versus the flour amount. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 1
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  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2017
I’m surprised these don’t have more reviews! These are really good. I participate in a cookie exchange every year and everyone always hopes I make these again. I have actually rolled them out and used cookie cutters on them too rather than form the dough. I find that works well. Not sure what happened with the 1 star reviewer on here but I imagines they did not include the almonds or did not chop them fine. I chop my almonds in blender or food processor basically until it is like a flour. That makes up a significant part of the dough. Maybe they missed that part. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2017
Amazing recipe. I added an extra tsp of almond extract because I love the taste of almonds. I also didn't use a measuring cup for the confectioners sugar amount, I did it by eye which I enjoyed in this cookie. This recipe has to be one of the best recipes I've ever tried and this is the second time I made it and I added just a little bit more of what I like to the cookies. ENJOY!!!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/18/2016
Followed the directions to a t. 8 minutes into baking I now have a sheet cookie. Somehow I think the butter ingredient is wrong versus the flour amount. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2016
so simple and they turned out wonderful. I thought the amount of almond flavor was perfect. these are great if you need a last minute dessert or snack. to get a more uniform dusting of powdered sugar I put the cookies and sugar in a ziplock and shook them around a bit. they look more like they're from a bakery that way:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2018
i made the Almond crescent cookies just like the recipe said and they were a hit.. they brought back pleasant Holiday memeories... i will definitely be making them again thank you so much Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2016
These turned out very tasty. The full recipe made 17 crescent cookies using a cookie scoop. They are a nice sized cookie as they expand quite a bit in the oven. My only change was cutting back the almond extract by half. I used pure almond extract but still find it too strong to use more than that. For ease I processed the almonds using my Vitamix machine. I baked them on a parchment lined baking sheet for 21 minutes. ty Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2016
very easy to make and best of all it tasted delicious. Love this recipe. Thank you for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/14/2016
Just made the dough & it's impossible to form si right now it's in the fridge!!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/07/2019
I am sure I did something wrong. I made them and they taste delicious but they crumbled. Please help me figure out what I did. I even refrigerated the batter before baking them. Read More