Friday, December 18, 2009

Almond Crescents: Christmas Cookies My Mom Made

Tis the season for cookies!  But I think it would be healthier for me if I wrote about them more than making & eating them.  Everybody grew up with different Christmas cookies.  In some cases, the cookies were similar but the names were different.  My mom's Snickerdoodles were pretty much identical to my friend's mom's Snippernoodles.  (Snippernoodles!  Harrumph.  What a silly name.  Snickerdoodles is obviously a better name. ☺)

So, in the spirit of the season, thought I'd share some from my mom's recipe box. As she will want me to point out, she didn't invent the recipes but the sources are lost to history.

So, here's the first in a series of Christmas cookie recipes: Almond Crescents!  This results in a very short, rich, small but satisfying cookie.  I can smell and taste them as I type.  Such memories!

Ingredients (to yield about 5 dozen cookies):
  • 1 2/3 cups sifted flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup shortening (The recipe, in handwriting that might be my paternal grandmother's, specifies 1/2 Spry shortening, 1/4 butter, and 1/4 margarine but we almost always made them using all margarine.)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup ground blanched almonds
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  1. Sift together flour and salt
  2. Cream shortening (butter, margarine) with the granulated sugar
  3. Add almonds and flour, mixing well
  4. Chill the dough for 30 minutes or more
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F
  6. Roll the dough into 1/2" diameter rolls, 2 1/2 inches long
  7. Place the rolls on an ungreased cookie sheet and bend to ressemble crescents
  8. Bake 15 minutes and allow to cool on the sheet
  9. When cool, roll in confectioner's sugar
Yummy.  Maybe I will make 1/2 a batch before the season's over ...


  1. I want some of Mom's Almond Crescents!!! I LOVE THOSE COOKIES!!! I haven't had them in years. Do you think I could convince Mom to dirty her virgin oven and make them? LOL

  2. For those of you who are wondering, this message must be from my sister. My mother has a cute apartment in a place with a dinner plan so she's delighted not to cook any more. Ergo, the virgin oven.


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Two themes predominate in my approach to cooking. 1. Daily cooking of flavorful food need not be a precise art. 2. You can be an adventurous cook on a budget. Cooking and eating should be fun for both cookers and eaters.