Almond Crescent Cookies


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.

close up view of Almond Crescent Cookies on a platter
Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
2 dozen cookies


  • ½ cup salted butter, at room temperature

  • cup confectioners' sugar, plus extra for dusting

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour, sifted

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, sifted

  • ½ cup almonds, finely chopped


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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 (per serving)

70 Calories
5g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 21mg 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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