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viennese crescents

by on December 15, 2009

it took me five cookbooks and several conversations with myself to decide on what to bake tonight. these are my birthday present for a co-worker (h, who shares my office, and is my partner in snarky gossip sessions, which often take place via emails even though we sit maybe 8 feet apart. we’re special.) she puts up with a lot from me, so she deserves a delicious birthday present. at first, it was going to be a cake. then i realized that i hated every single cake recipe (mostly they all called for a minimum 7 eggs and i only had 5). so, i moved onto cupcakes! peanut butter cupcakes, with chocolate satin frosting. h even approved this via email. this failed when i looked at the peanut butter in my pantry (purchased in august). it expired in april. alarming on many levels. i went with viennese crescents because they were the simplest recipe i could find. as usual, this is joy of cooking.

pre-heat the oven to 350

the ingredients are few – powdered sugar, flour, butter, vanilla, and ground walnuts. yes, that is a mini bottle of red wine. it does not get added into the crescents. but, let it be said, my secret santa came through today. cheers.

beat the butter until it is creamy and gets a little bit lighter in color – it really does, which surprised me, since i sort of thought the recipe was full of lies. no idea why it pales, though. fear?

sift in 3/4 cups powdered sugar – sifting breaks up the lumpy bits in a dry ingredient.

beat the butter and powdered sugar together until smooth.

i love this toy! the food processor. genius. love it. use it to grind up 1 cup of walnuts.

beautiful. just beautiful.

add 2 teaspoons vanilla to the butter/sugar mixture

and add in the walnuts, then stir it all up.

sift in 2 cups all-purpose flour, stir – there is a definite difference between using the electric mixer and stirring by hand. stir by hand here, it all mixes together…differently. can’t explain it. it just happens.

the dough will look like this after stirring in the flour….so you’re going to knead it (get your hands dirty, please)

alright. it’s all blended together and ready to be transformed into crescents. this is a very easy move, reminiscent of arts and crafts projects. only you get to eat this project, as opposed to being scolded for trying the play-dough.

start with a tablespoonish-sized ball of dough, roll it out, and shape like a crescent. place on greased cookie sheets, and put into the oven for 13-16 minutes. my oven took exactly 14 minutes for them to get a bit brown all over, with darker edges – but think very light golden-brown all over.

mmmm almost ready…one last step.

sift powdered sugar over the cookies after they’ve cooled a bit. here i showed restraint. later batches got a bit of a snowstorm. the kitchen counter was a disaster.

happy birthday, h!


the baking goddess


From → cookies, recipes

  1. Heather permalink

    These cookies are delicious!!!

  2. Natalie Krovetz permalink

    you need to make these when you come home!

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