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.
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.
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.