Vanilla Walnut Crescents – 2010 Cookie Challenge

10 Dec 2010 by Claire, 5 Comments »

Cookies and coffee.  One of my greatest pleasures.  I judge many cookies by how well they pair with a nice hot cup.  And these…oh, wow, these cookies.  Tender but not too crumbly, gently nutty, and dusted with powdered sugar.  I shared some with my coworkers, but the rest were just for me.

This was the second of the Cookies We Love challenge, baking recipes from Saveur. We’ll see if it stays the favorite.

Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents)

Adapted from Saveur

Makes 4 dozen cookies

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for finishing cookies
16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 ounces walnuts, finely ground in a food  processor
2 1/2 cups flour, plus more for rolling

Preheat the oven to 325°.  In a mixer, beat together sugar, butter, and vanilla in a bowl until light and fluffy. On a slower speed, mix in the nuts and flour. Roll the dough into a cylinder, using a little flour if necessary.  Divide the dough into 48 pieces.  Roll each piece into a small cylinder, then taper ends to form into a crecent.  Transfer the cookies to a parchment covered cookie sheet.  Bake until golden, 12–15 minutes. Sift with confectioners’ sugar. Let cool.

I’m joined in the effort by: Andrea of Andrea’s Recipes, Courtney of Coco Cooks,Di of Di’s Kitchen Notebook, Judy of No Fear Entertaining, Kelly of Sass & Veracity, Michelle of Big Black Dogs, RJ of Flamingo Musings

, Sandy of At the Baker’s Bench, and Tiffany of The Nesting Project.

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  1. Kelly says:

    I love cookies and coffee, too. In fact that was my breakfast today : ). These look perfect for that, and I know I’d love them. Too much!

  2. Michelle says:

    OH MY…your cookies look gorgeous! Lots of powdered sugar which makes them that much better!

  3. RJ Flamingo says:

    This one’s next on my list – good to know that they taste as good as they sound. :-)

  4. Di says:

    They’re good with tea, too. I wish I’d made more than half the recipe, but i would have eaten them all, so maybe that’s a good thing. =)

  5. I love this kind of simple cookie with powdered sugar on top. And you are right, they are perfect with morning coffee.

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