I know you’re going to love this almond crescent cookies recipe. It checks all the boxes for a good cookie- taste, texture, and pretty as a picture! Almond cookies have several versions made all over the globe, but I’m partial to these fun crescent-shaped cookies that absolutely melt in your mouth! This is a very old recipe that was given to me by my sister Christine. It was handed down to her from her mother in law and it goes way back in the generations of their family. They originally made the recipe with ground almonds but I find using almond flour to be a bit easier so that’s what I use.
Anybody can make these almond crescent cookies! They dress up any occasion or cookie tray!
Fire up the oven, and let’s start baking!
This almond crescent cookies recipe is all about simple elegance. Here are some of the best parts of this recipe:
- Just the right amount of sweetness
- Pretty as a picture
- Makes a big batch
- Easy to make
This almond crescent cookies recipe is very straightforward to make. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Chill the dough- I start with softened butter to bring the dough together, but the butter needs to have a chance to chill before baking. 1 hour is a minimum. If you skimp on the chill time, your cookies might spread and lose their crescent shape.
Don’t overmix- It can be a little tricky to figure out what ‘overmixing’ means. In the case of this recipe, you want to stop just when the flour is mixed and the dough is holding together. You need to get your hands dirty and gently bring this dough together by hand.
An electric mixer will beat it too much causing gluten will form. This will make your cookies tough, and that melt in your mouth texture will be lost.
Butter is best- You must use full fat, real butter in this recipe. Margarine or reduced-fat butter will not give you the same kind of texture and taste!
Almond flour- There is a difference between almond meal and almond flour. I like the texture of almond flour in this almond crescent cookies recipe. I find the coarse texture of almond meal is too crumbly and interrupts the smooth, melt in the mouth results that you want with these cookies.
These cookies store well in a tightly sealed container. They hold well for at least a week in a cool pantry. Be sure to give them a fresh dusting of powdered sugar before you serve them!
Can You Freeze This?
Proper freezing techniques are essential to maintaining the best taste and texture in these cookies. You can freeze either the dough or the baked cookies. For the dough, shape the crescents and put them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
To save space, you can crowd them onto the sheet since we’re not baking them at this point. Put the cookie sheet into the freezer for about 2 hours, or until the dough is frozen. Put the frozen crescents into a freezer bag.
You can bake straight from the freezer. Just allow a couple of extra minutes of bake time. Don’t forget to coat with powdered sugar after baking!
To freeze the baked cookies, I suggest wrapping them individually before putting them in a freezer container. They’re a bit delicate, so a rigid container would probably be better than a freezer bag to keep them from getting broken. After they thaw, give them another coat of powder sugar before serving.
Make Ahead Tips
This cookie dough will hold in the fridge for a couple of days. Be sure that it is well wrapped and stored away from anything with a strong odor, like onions, or you’ll have onion flavored almond cookies- ick!
How Long Can You Keep This?
Food handling guidelines suggest that frozen baked cookies are good for up to 6 months, and frozen dough keeps for about 2-3 months.
These simple cookies have many variations all over the world. You can make them any shape you like. You can put sprinkles on the outside instead of powder sugar.
The sky is the limit with this almond crescent cookies recipe!
What Other Desserts Can I Make With Almonds?
One of the most popular variations of almond cookies is Chinese almond cookies. Traditionally given as gifts around the Chinese New Year, they’re light and delicate cookies that are perfect all year round.
A more robust version of almond cookies is almond shortbread cookies with delicious sweet butter flavor. One of my favorite almond desserts is almond joy cookies. It takes all the best parts of the candy bar and puts them into a fun, decadent cookie!
Can I Make This Recipe More Italian?
Almond cookies are popular in Italy, particularly Italian wedding cookies. They’re almost identical to this recipe! There are several types of Italian almond cookies, but a traditional almond biscotti recipe wins for me hands down. These crunchy treats are twice baked, so they’re perfect for dunking in coffee!
Almond Crescent Cookies
- 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside
- In a mixing bowl using a handheld mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Mix in almond flour and vanilla extract.
- Scrape down the bowl and add the flour, and salt. Knead with your fingers until dough comes together. Dough will be crumbly but should come together when shaped and compressed. If dough is too stick to neatly shape, add more flour, a tablespoon at a time. Do not add more than 1/4 cup totally.
- Roll the dough into a log. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
- Roll the dough into 1/2 inch balls then shape balls into crescents. Place on prepare baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove to a wire rack until cool enough to handle. While cookies are still warm, roll in confectioners' sugar. Return to wire rack and cool completely. Dust with more powdered sugar before serving or storing.
Almonds are an excellent foundation for cookies. Here are a couple of more Almond Cookies recipes to try!
- Almond Joy Bars – All the chocolaty chewy yumminess of the candy bar in an easy traybake
- Almond Butter Cookies – A cousin to peanut butter cookies and every bit as good
This simple, elegant almond crescent cookies recipe is perfect for any occasion. They’re always a favorite wherever I take them! I can’t wait to hear how they work for you. Be sure to leave me a comment below!
Source: My sister Christine ♥