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