Dec 8, 2009

Frosted Crescents



We are ready for Christmas. The tree is up, and the kids had lots of fun putting up the decorations, of course there were the usual arguments over what ornament goes where.... And rearranging all the ornaments that Alex placed only at the bottom of the tree ( in all fairness, that's how high he can reach). But in the end everybody was happy and pleased with the end product, and enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate and some frosted crescents. Every year I bake some holiday cookies for the day the tree goes up. This year were the frosted crescents, soft and melt in your mouth cookies, goes great with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

Ingredients:

1 cup of all-purpose flour( 4 1/2 oz)
1/4 cup finely crushed macadamia nuts (2 1/4 oz)
1/4 cup granulated sugar (2 1/4 oz)
1/2 tsp grated orange zest
1/2 cup unsalted butter chopped (4 1/2 oz)
1 egg yolk
icing sugar, to dust

For my readers that are allergic to nuts. In any baking recipe that calls for nuts, you can substitute with a high in fiber cereal ( ground fine if the recipe calls for ground nuts) or with oats. You will still get the nice crunch but is nut free. Make sure to measure after you ground the cereal or oats, If you like you can even lightly toast the oats or cereal before grounding.
My friend Maria has asked for a substitute, her son like many other kids is allergic to nuts.
Stay safe this Holiday season!

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Grease two baking sheets or line with parchment paper, set aside.
Sift the flour into a medium bowl and add the sugar,orange zest and butter. Using your fingers rub the butter into the flour, until the mixture reassembles fine crumbs.

 

Add the ground nuts and egg yolk.




Mix until well combined and the mixture forms a soft dough.




Shape leveled teaspoonfuls into small crescents and place into prepared baking sheets.



Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until pale golden in colour. While the crescents are still warm, sift icing sugar over them.




Enjoy with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate!

Here is our Christmas tree and of course Alex!







Those are my favorite ornaments, the boys made them last year ( alex had help from Cass)



The tree is placed on a small balcony on the second floor overlooking the two story entrance. The boys choose the place two years ago when we moved into the house. They love the fact that when they go to sleep they can still see the light from the Christmas tree.




This post is part of the " It's time to jingle again" hosted by Priyanka Srivastava at Asankhana. You can submit your favorite Christmas post.


26 comments:

Rochelle said...

I remember having these cookies when I was little! They were fun to make and tasted soooo good!

Laura said...

Thank you Rochelle, I think those are delicious as well

alison said...

o,ce prajiturele faine ai facut!dar si baietii ce treaba buna ,au decorat asa frumos bradutul!ii pup pe toti,dar mai ales pe little chef!

Laura said...

Thanks Simona, hugs and kisses from us too:)

Sage said...

Thank you Laura; I've been looking all over for this recipe; used to make it all the time. Your tree looks so nice and Alex is adorable.

Laura said...

Thank you Rita for the kind words. I'm glad that you like the recipe, and that is one that you were looking for ( makes my day). Alex loves being in front of the camera and on the blog (LOL)

Kenny said...

hi laura.
lovely looking tree as well as the cookies,iam sure it must have all gone with the hot cuppa.
thanks 4 sharing.
love&tc
rekha.
ps.hope cass is feeling well 'k' told me he didn't come 2 school.take care.

Drick said...

we make a crispier cresent cookie with pecans, a holiday tradition but Laura, I think this one is the one to try - great looking tree and I should know - I always tell my clients the tree represents the family - everyone needs to participate and the gifts will be ten-fold....(in heart anyway)...

Laura said...

Thanks Rekha, Cass is feeling better, it was just a stomach flu, Brandon got it first and then Cass. hopefully he will be able to go back to school tomorrow:)

Laura said...

Hi Drick,
The Christmas tree is a great tradition in our house. The day we putting the tree up is just as important as Christmas. It's definitely a family affair:)

Miranda said...

Very very lovely. I love the Christmas tree....It is beautiful...Your lil one is super adorable. :)))

Laura said...

Thank you Miranda:)

Jeannie said...

I love your christmas tree! so neat and full of ornaments! Your Alex is so happy smiling so obligingly for you. I can never get my boys to do that for me. sigh!

Cheah said...

Hi Laura
Those crescents look so cute, but then with the icing sugar, doubt they'll keep long.... thinkin of Chinese New Year cookies!

pegasuslegend said...

I miss having little ones around and your post reminded me of my two boys when they were little and the great fun we had trimming the tree, I just this year gave them all their baby ornaments and decorations they so loved as children which are now 30 and 28 enjoy every minute it goes by so fast, love the tradition of the cookies and the orange sounds delicious, both posts of cookies are wonderful additions to my cookie tray thankyou Laura Have a blessed holiday :)

Laura said...

Thanks Jeannie,
Alex loves being in front of the camera, he always has a smile on his face:)

Laura said...

Hi Cheah, The cookies keep up to one week in an air tight container stored in a cool place :)

notyet100 said...

will be glad if u sne the chrismas pic and cookies for the jinglee evnt,..;-)at my blog

Laura said...

Thank you Claudia,
I do cherish every moment with them, and I especially love creating traditions that are going to last a life time.

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura, Maria here with Joseph and his nut allergy. Do you think the recipe would work without the nuts? If not, what can I use instead?

Laura said...

Of course Maria there is a way to substitute the nuts. i will post it on the blog just to make sure that there are other readers with nut allergy the information is available.

lululu said...

How wonderful is that! cookie baking smell, decorating xmas tree with kids!
Your xmas tree is stunningly beautiful. Same as your house.
And of course same as your cookies!

Laura said...

Thank you lululu, or the kind comment:)

notyet100 said...

thnaks for the lovely entry will be glad if u link it to my post

My Little Space said...

Such an amazing recipe! Saving it up for later use. Thanks. You've a beautiful house and the X'mas tree looks awesome. You did it or your kids? I'm not celebrating X'mas but I enjoy this kind of festive season very much. So much fun! Thank you so much for sharing the pictures. Don't forget to show me your Xmas present huh! When it's ready! ha...

Laura said...

Hi Kristy.
The tree is done by the kids, I only put the ribbon around it. And I will definitely show you my present when it's done

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