Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pecan Crescents

Pecan Crescents
From The All-New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook

1 cup pecan pieces, toasted
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 cups powdered sugar

Pulse pecans in a food processor 5 or 6 times or until ground.

Beat butter and 3/4 cup powdered sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Stir in vanilla and ground pecans. Gradually stir in flour until a soft dough forms. Cover and chill dough 1 hour.

Divide dough into 5 portions; divide each portion in into 12 pieces. Shape each piece into a 2-inch crescent. Place on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on wire racks. Roll warm cookies in 2 cups powdered sugar. Roll cookies again in remaining powdered sugar.

Yield: 5 dozen cookies

I made these for a cookie exchange at work. Yum! These are a variation on wedding cookies and taste just like a recipe my mom makes at Christmas. Nutty and sugary, you can definitely eat a handful at a time.

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