Italian Crescent Cookies

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5 from 2 votes
Italian Crescent Cookies are a staple for the Holidays and weddings because these freshly baked homemade gems are the perfect bite of almond flavor, butter and sugar.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

Italian Crescent Cookies are a staple for the holidays and weddings because these freshly baked homemade gems are the perfect bite of almond flavor, butter and sugar.

Italian Crescent Cookies arranged on a wicker plate

These Italian almond Crescent Cookies are crispy, tender and look so elegant on a tray. Plus they really are super easy to make. To find out more about Italian cookies, check here.

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These crescent cookies are so decadent but so easy.

  • 20 Minutes: Quick cookies with amazing texture and flavor.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry.
  • Family Friendly: A hit with everyone.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb.
  • Gift: These are great for cookie trays.
Almond crescent cookies arranged on a wicker plate

What You Need to Make Almond Crescent Cookies

Ingredients

Ingredients for almond crescent cookie recipe

Equipment

How to Make this Almond Crescents – Step by Step

step by step process for making almond crescents
  • Prep: First, preheat oven to 400F and then line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  • .Mix: Second, in a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside and next in a large bowl, beat together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Beat: Then beat in eggs and extracts for 30 seconds, then add half of the flour mixture and beat until fully incorporated, then add remaining half of the flour mixture
  • Scoop: Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cookies, then roll each scoop of cookie dough to form a 3.5″ log and curve the log to form a crescent shape. Place each rolled cookie onto the prepared baking mats.
Step by step instructions for making italian crescent cookies
  • Bake: Finally, bake for 8-10 minutes, until just lightly golden and cookies start to crack on top and lastly allow cookies to cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar.

Common Questions About Almond Crescent Cookies Recipe

HOW DO I STORE COOKIES?

Store in an airtight container.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE ALMOND FLOUR FOR ALL PURPOSE?

Of course, however it really does change the consistency of the finished cookie. They will be flatter and drier.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, adjust the ingredients for the quantity that you need for your family or gathering.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE FROZEN?

Yes, the dough can be frozen for up to three months and yes, you can freeze them with the powdered sugar.

ARE THESE COOKIES THE SAME AS ITALIAN WEDDING COOKIES, MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES OR RUSSIAN TEA CAKES?

Primarily these cookies are the same basic recipe and are all beloved.

Italian Crescent Cookies arranged on a wicker plate

Expert Tips for Making Italian Crescent Cookies

  • Toast Nuts: Toast the almonds to have an amazing flavor. You can use walnuts, pecans or other nut for this recipe.
  • Variation tip: Chocolate. Dip in white or dark chocolate or drizzle on top.
  • Alternate ingredient: A little orange zest adds a nice surprise.
  • Cool: Make sure the cookies are completely cooled before dusting with the powdered sugar or it will just melt in.

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5 from 2 votes

Italian Crescent Cookies

Yield: 30 pieces
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Italian Crescent Cookies are a staple for the Holidays and weddings because these freshly baked homemade gems are the perfect bite of almond flavor, butter and sugar.
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 3/4 cup White Sugar
  • 3 Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 cup Powdered Icing Sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Beat in eggs and extracts for 30 seconds, then add half of the flour mixture. Beat until fully incorporated, then add remaining half of the flour mixture.
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cookies, then roll each scoop of cookie dough to form a 3.5″ log and curve the log to form a crescent shape. Place each rolled cookie onto the prepared baking mats.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until just lightly golden and cookies start to crack on top.
  • Allow cookies to cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar.

Expert Tips

  • Toast Nuts: Toast the almonds to have an amazing flavor. You can use walnuts, pecans or other nut for this recipe.
  • Variation tip: Chocolate. Dip in white or dark chocolate or drizzle on top.
  • Alternate ingredient: A little orange zest adds a nice surprise.
  • Cool: Make sure the cookies are completely cooled before dusting with the powdered sugar or it will just melt in.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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