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Another one my grandmom used to make and no one has the recipe. After hours of searching the web, I finally found it (I didn't even know the name before!). This version is from Linda Paul, who won a Christmas cookie contest in Minneapolis with them.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, plus
- extra unsalted butter, for pan
- 1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
- 8 eggs, separated
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 grated lemon, rind of
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 2⁄3 cups flour, plus
- extra flour, for pan
- 1 1⁄2 cups finely chopped walnuts
- powdered sugar, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Butter and flour bottom and sides of a 9-by 13-inch cake pan.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together butter and granulated sugar.
- Add egg yolks, one at a time, and beat until fluffy.
- Add vanilla, lemon rind and lemon juice and beat to combine.
- Gradually add in baking powder and flour.
- In a medium bowl using electric mixer on high speed (with clean beaters), beat egg whites until stiff.
- Fold egg whites into batter.
- Gently spread batter into prepared pan.
- Evenly sprinkle top with finely chopped walnuts and bake 25 to 30 minutes.
- Remove to a wire rack.
- Cool until cake shrinks away from sides of pan (about 15 minutes).
- With a small round biscuit cutter (or a glass), periodically dipped in powdered sugar, cut one circle (don't remove it), then cut another circle halfway down the first one, making two crescents and one oval scrap.
- Remove from pan and repeat (you can eat the oval scraps;).
- Cool crescents completely and dust with powdered sugar.
- Store in a tightly covered container for up to 2 days.