Flemington New Jersey Bed & Breakfast

My Favorite Christmas Cookie

by admin

dec weddings 021

Everyone has their Christmas traditions and my favorite of all is cookie baking!  Before we owned the Inn and especially now I spend about one solid week baking dozens of cookies to give as gifts, share with friends and snack on in the evening with a ritual cup of tea at bedtime.  Each year I like to add one or two new kinds, but I always have my staple-favorites that I make without question.  My all time favorite is a melt-in-your-mouth cookie my mom started baking when I was a little kid…a walnut crescent cookie.  The original recipe is from a Woman’s Day magazine from 1963, and I still have the original clipping of the recipe from the magazine!  Over the years I have tasted variations of this recipe…but this old original is still the best!   

small donna

I will share the recipe with you along with some pics from the process we took while baking.  Real butter, confectioners sugar & walnuts…now what could be bad about that?   So here goes:

Womans Day Walnut Crescents (1963)

  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 2 teaspoons GOOD vanilla extract
  • 2 cups white flour (unsifted)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Cream butter and confectioners sugar.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Shape in rolls about 1/2 inch in diameter and cut in 1 inch pieces.  Put on cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment and pull down ends of cookie slightly to form a crescent shape.  Bake in 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes. 

warm crescents...just out of the oven

warm crescents...just out of the oven

Remove from oven after baking and while cookie is warm, roll in more confectioners sugar. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.  

thats me...rolling the warm cookies in more confectioners sugar...

thats me...rolling the warm cookies in more confectioners sugar...

I hope you will make this delicious cookie and if you do, leave a comment about my favorite Christmas cookie recipe…(or maybe share one of YOUR recipes here!)   Whatever the cookie…whatever the tradition…we wish you and your loved ones a ‘ deliciously sweet season’ and a very Merry Christmas! 

the completed cookie...yum!

the completed cookie...yum!

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