Friday, December 9, 2011

Crescent Cookies

It is cold in Colorado. Last week we had a few snow showers and the mercury levels remain low ever since. So I decided to do what I love to do in this weather-baking.December is always a bake-a-thon time for me and this year is no exception.

Crescent Cookies




I have started with some sugar cookies and these beautiful Crescent cookies. Then I baked a couple more cookies, the recipes coming soon. Seems like I will have to bake another batch of crescent cookies for the goodies bags I share with friends, for these cookies will be gone in a couple of days.These will just melt in your mouth and the nutty-cinnamon flavor is irresistible. Everyone loves it and the cookie tin is almost nearly empty now.I love it when the kids like what I make/bake because the time went into it, is really worth it.If my son likes one cookie ,my daughter will probably love the other one. This is a great thing,because at the end of the day, I will have no leftovers !

Crescent Cookies


We are really enjoying the 3 year old and the hysterical things he shares. He is the funniest little guy I've ever met. Those who read this blog regularly will nod their head in agreement, I swear.For those who do not know a lot much about him, here is a teaser.After coming back form preschool ,Lil M started to narrate all the stories from that day. He asked me "Mamma do you know what letter starts with "A" ? (He meant the opposite, which words start with A). I said "I don't know, can you please tell me ? " He said " apple and ants". The Mamma got really excited and asked what are the other words he knows. He got excited too and asked me " Mamma, do you know a word that starts with "B" ? I said "no". He told me "arm", but I heard it as "balm" or "yam". He got really upset and replied "Mamma, don't you know "arm" as in L-I-A-O !! He was just trying to spell it out for me. I couldn't laugh well thinking that he might get mad at me and stop eating his lunch !

Crescent Cookies


The story doesn't end there. When his father came home, he started repeating all the words starting like, A for apple. He was quite successful this time in telling almost all the words correct and when he reached "M" he said, "M for Mac". I coudn't help myself from laughing this time.If Steve Jobs was alive, he would be real proud to hear this !

Crescent Cookies



Ingredients:

Blanched sliced almonds- 2/3 cup
Sugar- 1/3 cup
Unsalted Butter- 1 cup
All purpose flour- 1 2/3 cups
Salt- 1/4tsp

For topping:

Superfine sugar/powdered sugar- 1/2 cup
Cinnamon- 1/2 tsp

Method:

1.In a food processor, process the almonds and sugar until almonds are ground very finely.
2.Soften the butter.Add the almond mixture into this and combine well.Beat until light and fluffy.
3.Stir together the flour and salt and beat them into the butter mixture,on low speed,until fully incorporated.
4.Scrape down the dough onto a plastic wrap.Press it into a thick disc,wrap it and refrigerate about a couple of hours or until the dough is firm.
5.Preheat oven at 325 degree F.Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
6.Divide the dough into 8 portions.
7.Work with one portion at a time, keeping the remaining dough in the fridge.
8.Knead the dough between floured hands until smooth and malleable.
9.Pinch off a portion of the dough and make a ball that is about 3/4 inch round.
10On a lightly floured surface roll the ball into a cylinder that is 3 inches long and 1/2 inch thick.
10.Shape each cylinder into a crescent and place on the cookie sheet about an inch apart.
11.Shape the remaining part of the dough. Each portion will give you 8-10 number of cookies.
12.Bake for 14-16 minutes or until set and not brown.
13.If you are placing both the cookie sheets, rotate them from top to bottom , half way through the baking period.
14.Cool the cookies on the sheets for 10 minutes.
15.Mix the cinnamon and sugar until you see no traces of cinnamon.Dip the cookies,using a pancake turner, one at a time, in the cinnamon sugar and coat them all over.
16.Cool the cookies completely on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.
17.This keeps good for one month at room temperature.

Recipe source: Rose's Christmas Cookies by Rose Levy Beranbaum

44 comments:

  1. Scrumptious and pretty elegant looking cookies,awesome they are..

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  2. yeah little ones are so funny and not to mention so clever, love these cookies and they look beautiful.

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  3. Hello.....lovely cookies ,christmassy look adipoli .

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  4. Luv the third picture...cute cookies...

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  5. Looks very cute n yum ..fab pics

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  6. Great cookies and I loved your post!! way to go Little M. :-)

    Regards,
    Manju
    http://manjuseatingdelights.blogspot.com

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  7. Those cookies look great. Perfect for the festive season.

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  8. Cookies looks super...feel to grab some from the screen....Loved reading about Lil M..:)

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  9. You have a funny little one :-) Love the cookies, I made mexican wedding cakes which uses almost the same ingredients. Got to love the butter fest that Dec is :-)

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  10. It's been a while tht I dropped by ur blog ...lovely to visit ur space and find these lovely cookies recipe perfect for chirstmas....Wishing u and ur family Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

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  11. very christmas-y! and lil M is soo cutely funny as always :)

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  12. Cookies are very tempting love it.

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  13. hi.. first time here.. cookies look really awesome... fabulous recipe..

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  14. They look beautiful and perfect like snowy the dusting!

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  15. cookies look fabulous deliciously done

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  16. Super pics n super cookies chechi!!!

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  17. lovely cookies...looks cute, perfect and beautiful....looks tempting and yummy...nice clicks too.

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  18. One of my favourite holiday cookies!

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  19. Beautiful and yummy cookies..looks very tempting..lovely clicks too

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  20. wow...lovely clicks.......Tempting..

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  21. Advance christmas and new year wishes namitheche...Natillanu x-mas athanu vishesham...Cookies adipoli ketto....

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  22. Thanks so much for your visit. Your 3 year old sounds delightful.
    Those cookies sound fantastic. Take care Diane

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  23. Awesome dish

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  24. from the time i saw there on maria's space ive been wanting to try them...sooo pretty they look..

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  25. Perfect for the holidays,lovely cookies..yum

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  26. Looks superb!! wanna have a byte :)

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  27. great cookies and love the m for mac he he Merry Christmas

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  28. These cookies look like a treat!

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  29. Very tasty and crunch cookies for the festival season dear:)

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  30. Looks nice crunchy and tasty cookies.

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  31. Your lil one is so cute! love the cookies... the pics are superb and makes me want to run into my kitchen and start baking them :)

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  32. Very cute looking cookies n nice shots as always..V r doing good Namitha, of course busy with little one.Thanx for asking,Happy Holidays...

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  33. My mother makes these almond crescent cookies! Reminds me of the holidays! It is so good you have this blog to keep track of all the cute and funny things that he says!

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  34. shape of cookies is so interesting... almonds are my favorites in any baking recipe..goes straight into my bookmarked for festivities list :)

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  35. Gr8 pics!!! luv'd the sprinkled atta pic!!
    :-)
    http://gharkhana.blogspot.com/

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  36. Wow.... Cute cookies and i think its good b'cos it doesn't have eggs. So Sure will try your recipe.

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  37. I've seen a lot of cookie posts lately but have never seen this crescent shape before! HOW CUTE!!!! I love your photography and it surely made these cookies extra special. :-)

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  38. Lovely cookies Nami... Beautiful pics too :)... Christmas preparation evidam vare aayi? cake undakkiyo?

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  39. Looks very nice..happy holidays

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