Almond Cresent Cookies

    12 min

    Some people call these half-moons. I enjoy making them every year for Christmas gifts but they're delicious anytime. This makes 6 dozen but you can freeze them before you sprinkle the vanilla sugar on them. You can dip them in chocolate too!

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    Makes: 60 -80 biscuits

    • 175g butter, softened
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1/2 fresh vanilla bean pod
    • 200g plain flour
    • 85g ground almonds
    • For dusting
    • 240g icing sugar
    • 1 fresh vanilla bean pod

    Prep:2min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:12min 

    1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and caster sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time. Split half a vanilla bean and scrape the seeds out; stir the seeds into the butter mixture. Mix in the flour and ground almonds. Divide the dough into two pieces, wrap and refrigerate until firm.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C / Gas 4. Line baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
    3. Break off tablespoonful sized pieces of dough and roll them into little ropes about 5 cms long. Bend the ropes into a half circle and place them 5 cms apart on the baking trays.
    4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned. Scrape the seeds from the remaining vanilla bean and stir them into the icing sugar. Carefully roll warm cookies in the vanilla sugar.

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    I'll give this recipe five stars, because the resulting cookie really was delicious. However, if you're looking at the serving size as a guideline, I didn't find it accurate. I used balls that were definitely under a tablespoon each, and only got 5 dozen cookies. I was skeptical when I saw the quantities of the ingredients, and it turns out I was right. I didn't make the half moon shape, I just rolled each bit of dough into a ball and flattened them a bit. Took 12 minutes, and ended up delicious. Reminded me a bit of shortbread.  -  14 Oct 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Simple and delicious cookie recipe. I was looking for something to use up some vanilla beans and this worked well. I will definitely be making these again around the holiday season to share with friends and family.  -  11 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These have been a Christmas tradition at our home for years now. Since the dough is rather sticky, I tend to refrigerate and then shape small bits into cresents rather than rolling them into ropes. Instead of powdered sugar, we use vanilla suger so they have an extra vanilla punch  -  24 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)