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Walnut Crescent Cookies

Walnut crescent cookies are a buttery shortbread-like cookie that is topped with powdered sugar. It's an easy to make, lightly sweetened cookie that is crumbly and delicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, cookies, crescent cookies, desserts, holiday dessert, sweets, walnuts
Servings: 40 cookies
Author: Aimee


  • 1 cup butter softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup confectioner's sugar plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 2/4 cups flour


  • In a stand mixer, or with a handheld mixer, cream the butter until light.
  • To the bowl, add the powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla. Mix with the butter until light, about 3-4 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Add the flour and chopped walnuts. Mix on low until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Place the dough in wax paper and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Take the dough out of the refrigerator and divide into 8 sections. Each section should make about 5 cookies.
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • To shape the crescent cookies, take a little dough from each section and roll into a small ball between your hands. Then roll into a sausage shape, trying to taper at the ends. Form with your hands into a crescent shape, then place on a cookie sheet to bake.
  • Bake for 12-16 minutes. Cookies should feel slightly firm (but will firm up more as cooling), but not browned.
  • Let cool on the cookie sheet, and then transfer to a cooling rack or a plate.
  • Dust with powdered sugar.


Some notes on making the cookies:
  • Let cool completely on the cookie sheet. If you try to transfer to a plate or rack before cooling, the cookies may fall apart.
  • The cookies have a shortbread-like, crumbly texture.
  • The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for a week.
  • Cookies can be dusted in powdered sugar after cooling or just before serving. If you dusted the cookies after baking and the powdered sugar got messed up after placing in a container, simply dust more powdered sugar over the cookies before serving.