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Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Vanilla Crescent CookiesThis recipe originated in Croatia and has been in my husband’s family for generations. I…

Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Vanilla Crescent Cookies


1 cup butter, softened 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts 2 tablespoons sugar 1 vanilla bean


In a large bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in vanilla and lemon zest.

Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Stir in walnuts.

Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into crescent shapes.

Place 2 in.

apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Place sugar in a food processor.

Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds into food processor.

Discard vanilla bean.

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Pulse mixture until combined.

Transfer to a small bowl; stir in remaining confectioners’ sugar.

Coat warm cookies with sugar mixture.

Cool completely on wire racks.

Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts 1 each:

  • 77 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

Diabetic exchanges; 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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