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Lavender Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Lavender Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Its time to unveil the cookies that I shared with my matches for the 3rd Annual The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!  If you haven’t heard of The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap yet and you have a blog, I highly suggest you look into it for next year.  It is hosted by Love & Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen.  These ladies are seriously amazing for organizing this swap!

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I got to send some cookies to three amazing bloggers. I have to admit, when I got the email with my matches I got excited and then I was very intimidated.  I was expecting to receive the names of blogs I had never heard of and instead it was quite the opposite.  I could either go with an easier recipe that I couldn’t (or “shouldn’t”) screw up and or go a little off my rocker with a crazy cookie recipe.  I chose to make Lavender Vanilla Crescent Cookies with an awesome find from the Spice House.

Lavender Sugar from the Spice House

The recipe I am sharing today is my version of the Austrian Vanillekipferl (vanilla crescent cookies) – a holiday confection that was a much loved favorite in my family.  My grandma would make them every Christmas and my whole family ate them up each year.  The only year we didn’t completely devour them was the year she began to lose her eyesight and mixed up the sugar and salt.  🙂  Its been a few years since she passed away, and I have truly missed this holiday tradition which is why I set out to create my own version of the vanillekipferl.

My cookies went to:

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I also received three amazing and delicious cookie packages from:

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AND, special treats from OXO, Imperial Sugar, and Grandma’s Molasses.  It was truly a good month to be a food blogger.

I’m so glad that I took part in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap and I can’t wait for next year!

Lavender Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Ingredients

Cookie Dough
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered confectioner’s sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon lavender vanilla sugar (can substitute vanilla sugar)
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup almonds, blanched and ground
Sugar Coating
  • 1/2 cup powdered confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lavender vanilla sugar

Lavender Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line two cookie sheets with foil or parchment paper.

2. If your butter isn’t at room temperature, microwave it for 5-10 seconds now.  Cream the butter, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon of lavender vanilla sugar in a stand mixer on medium speed until well combined.  Then mix in the lemon extract and salt.

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3. Lower the speed of your mixer to low and gradually add the flour.  Once all ingredients are combined, turn off the mixer and add the almonds with a wooden spoon.

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4. Using your hands, form small balls of the cookie dough into crescents and place on the cookie sheets.  Make sure that the ends of the crescents aren’t too thin – they will burn in the oven.  Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and then remove from oven.  Allow to cool on the cookie sheets for 10 minutes.

Lavender Vanilla Crescent Cookies

5.  While the crescents are cooling, prepare the sugar topping.  Combine the remaining powdered sugar and lavender vanilla sugar in a small bowl with a spoon.

Lavender Vanilla Crescent Cookies

6.  Once the cookies have cooled for 10 minutes, coat each crescent in the sugar mixture and place on a cooling rack to continue cooling.  Once cool, enjoy!

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Special Recipe Notes

For the best results, sift your flour before measuring.  If you can’t grind your almonds, finely chop them.  The dough will not combine if the butter is cold.  Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Jeri Accardo

Monday 27th of January 2014

Those look great! The great thing is that is a simple cookie dough recipe and you can make a million different kinds of cookies out of the one dough!

Jenny B

Tuesday 28th of January 2014

Exactly what I was thinking! Thank you for stopping by my blog!

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Monday 23rd of December 2013

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Melissa {Persnickety Plates}

Wednesday 11th of December 2013

Awesome pics. It's very cool to see them in progress =) Thanks again for the cookies & happy holidays!

Jenny B

Wednesday 11th of December 2013

You're welcome!! Thanks so much for stopping by to see my recipe :)