1990 1st Place Nut Crescents

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Title: 1990 1st Place Nut Crescents
Yield: 60 Servings
Categories: Cookies, Holiday


2 c Unsalted softened butter or
6 tb Confectioners' sugar
2 Egg yolks
4 c Flour, sifted before
1 c Ground or finely crushed
Almonds, pecans or walnuts

2 Egg whites
1 c Ground or finely crushed
Almonds, pecans or walnuts
1/2 c Granulated sugar
Confectioners' sugar for

Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 10 to 12 minutes

1. Cream butter and confectioners' sugar in large mixer bowl until light
and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks. Beat in flour and 1 c ground nuts until
mixed. (Dough can be refrigerated up to several days; soften slightly
before shaping cookies.)

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have ungreased baking sheets ready.

3. For topping, beat egg whites lightly with fork in shallow dish until
frothy. Mix 1 cup nuts and granulated sugar in separate shallow dish.

4. Roll a generous teaspoon of the dough in the palm of your hands into a
crescent shape. Dip top of crescent in egg white and then into nut-sugar
mixture. Place crescents on baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Bake until
bottoms are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on pan a few minutes, then
transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Sprinkle lightly with
confectioners' sugar before serving.

This winning recipe is from Mila Tomisek of Chicago. She prefers to use
unsalted butter, but says margarine can be substituted. The cookies are
very fragile. Mila first began baking these small, buttery,
crescent-shaped cookies with her grandmother during World War I; today, at
82, she still bakes them for her children and grandchildren. from the
Chicago Tribune third annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest December 13,
Posted to MM-Recipes Digest V3 #340

From: Linda Place

Date: Thu, 12 Dec 1996 01:06:56 +0000