I have a new favorite in our 50-State Christmas Cookie Challenge. I was searching online for a great Delaware cookie, and I came across Ron in Rehoboth Beach, who has a blog “Retired in Delaware.” I was already his fan because the featured photo on his blog is taken from a spot on the Rehoboth boardwalk just about 100 yards from my parents’ condo that they owned for 20+ years.
He recommended Viennese Crescents based on a recipe given to him in the 1970’s from a co-worker. In his description, he said that these cookies rarely last more than a few days because they are so popular. This is true. There are very few ingredients, and the resulting cookie is light and sweet. No egg or milk! Roger and I took turns raiding the cookie jar, and then we gave some as a gift to his sister. They were gone in just a few hours. This cookie recipe will be a Christmas gift for certain.
There are several variations I have seen online, including dipping one half in chocolate and adding ground coffee. I’m looking forward to trying the chocolate dip because that will make them even prettier.
1/2 lb. unsalted butter (yep, LOTS of butter)
1/4 cup granulated white sugar 2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup ground nuts (preferably pecans but any nut will do)
1 tsp. vanilla
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2) Cream the room temperature butter in a large bowl
3) Then add the granulated sugar, flour, nuts and vanilla and mix thoroughly
4) Pull of small portions of the dough and with your fingers into delicate crescents
5) Shape about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide and thick
6) Roll in confectioners’ sugar
7) Bake on cookie sheets for about 23 minutes or until just faintly browned
8) Coll and roll in confectioner’s sugar again
9) Place in cookie tin lined with tissue paper, close lid
10) Surprise your favorite neighbor or friend with your special gift of love.
Be sure to check out the rest of the cookies on our 50-State challenge. Summer is a great time to practice your gifts.