Walnut Crescent Cookies

These are one cookie that I make every year at Christmas as they bring back memories of my childhood. These cookies are buttery and full of ground walnuts, and each of theses cookies is a delicate bite-full rolled up in powdered sugar. A great addition to any cookie tray!

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 

Buttery Walnut Crescent Cookies

Buttery Walnut Crescent Cookies

Yield: 4 Dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

These cookies are tender and buttery with a mouthful of walnut flavor in every bite.


  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Ground Walnuts
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • Powdered Sugar For Topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. F.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the vanilla and walnuts.
  3. Add the 2 cups of flour and combine.
  4. Refrigerate dough for 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Break off 1 tablespoon sized pieces and shape into crescents.
  6. Place on a baking sheet, and bake for about 13-15 minutes, or until the cookies are set, and have just begun to take on color.
  7. Cool completely, and then roll into the powdered sugar until well coated.
  8. Store in airtight containers.

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  1. So happy to have found this recipe. My grandma used to make these for Christmas and has been gone now 12 years. These cookies, they were always my favorite and didn’t know the name of them. Can’t wait to make them with my kids to keep Grandma Josephine still alive. Thanks

  2. Hi how do you prevent the cookie from being so flaky or is the texture suppose to be like that because when I tried to pick it up it just falls apart. Thanks!

  3. I’ve been making these cookies for 30 years and My Mom for 60! WE do one thing different.
    We substitute 1/2 cup Black Walnuts for the standard walnuts… It’s a beautiful thing. Black Walnuts are stronger so you use less … They’re a family tradition! Making some now!

  4. I have been searching the internet for the recipe my mom got from an old Hungarian lady years and years ago. This recipe is probably as close as I will be able to find as far as the ingredients go but we added the nutty filling to the rolled out dough one cookie at a time and shaped them in the shape of a horseshoe. Thus we always called them horseshoe cookies. Then after they were baked sprinkled with powdered sugar. To die for and we only made them once a year.
    Anyone ever heard of such a cookie?

    1. Hi Rose,
      Not sure if this is what you’re looking for but sounds like how you described them.  Try searching Kiffles or Kifli.  Hope this helps

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