Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Cookies

Viennese Crescent cookies ready to go last night

Once a year at Christmas time I make this special cookie recipe that I got from my former co-worker Mildred Stephen. Always a hit, those cookies rarely last more than a few days. The lady on the right is Mildred. The photo was taken forty years ago at Girard Bank December 23rd at our annual office Christmas party. Those were the days.

Viennese Crescents


1/2 lb. unsalted butter (yep, LOTS of butter)

1/4 cup granulated white sugar 
2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup ground nuts (preferably pecans but any nut will do)

1 tsp. vanilla


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) Cream the room temperature butter in a large bowl

3) Then add the granulated sugar, flour, nuts and vanilla and mix thoroughly

4) Pull of small portions of the dough and with your fingers into delicate crescents

5) Shape about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide and thick

6) Roll in confectioners' sugar

7) Bake on cookie sheets for about 23 minutes or until just faintly browned

8) Coll and roll in confectioner's sugar again

9) Place in cookie tin lined with tissue paper, close lid

10) Surprise your favorite neighbor or friend with your special gift of love

Christmas Party December 23, 1974 - lady on far right is Mildred Stephen, who gave me her recipe for Viennese Crescent cookies - thank you Mildred!!


Postcard Cindy said...

Just finished baking crescent moon cookies, recipe is very similar. Only you did half the cookie in chocolate and dust the other end with confectioners sugar. It is messy, but fun and they taste really good.

Cindy from Sonoma

Ron said...

Hey Cindy, these cookies are hard enough to make as it is. (smile). I bet they do taste good with chocolate but I'll keep mine plain. I like the fact that they're not as sweet as the usual Christmas cookie.


Unknown said...

Boy, those look good!

Peace <3

Ur-spo said...

I love the photos. They remind me of my Better Home and Gardens cookbooks from the same era. Why, the colours are the same!

Ron said...

They are good Jay!

Ron said...

Thank you Dr. Spo.

pat888 said...


Wow - mini skirts were still very much in fashion then as shown in your photo!


Ron said...

And back then all the women wore dresses or skirts. No pants suits. I remember when pants suits first cam into fashion, Bill P., our boss, insisted that the top had to match the bottom or else he would send the employee home to change clothes. Times have changed.


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