Vanilla Crescents

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Recipe by bgalberta

These were my Grandmother's special cookies. Her mother was originally from Iceland, so I believe this is the origin for this particular recipe. We made these at home every Christmas as part of our holiday baking. They melt in your mouth like a shortbread, and have a lovely almond flavour. The dough is easier to work with if chilled as per the instructions. They freeze very well. Don't forget to put on a CD with your favourite Christmas music while making these little beauties.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the cake flour, almonds, and sugar. Mix well.
  2. Add vanilla, and cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse oatmeal. Using hands form into a dough.
  3. Chill covered in the fridge for at least 1/2 hour.
  4. Remove from fridge and cut off pieces the size of a pecan and roll between palms to the width of a little finger. Don't let the ends taper. Bend into a crescent moon shape and place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 for 12 - 15 minutes. Remove from baking sheet onto wire rack.
  6. While still warm, roll in icing sugar. Chill for 24 hours.

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