Pecan Crescent Butter Cookies

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  • 28 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 18 mins
  • Yield: 2 dozen (24 servings)
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This simple pecan crescent cookie recipe makes a delicious snack and is one that is very easy for beginning bakers to make. All the ingredients are easily obtained, and the preparation time is short. Pecan crescents are butter cookies with chopped pecans and a confectioner's powdered sugar coating. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (confectioners', divided)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups ​flour (all-purpose)
  • 3/4 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. Cream butter; gradually beat in 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, the flour, pecans, and salt. Blend well. Chill for 1 to 2 hours. 
  2. Shape dough into crescents, using about 2 teaspoons for each cookie. Place cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake at 300 F for 18 to 20 minutes.
  3. Cool the cookies on the rack until just slightly warm.
  4. Combine 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  1. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar mixture.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 158
Total Fat 11 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Unsaturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 20 mg
Sodium 60 mg
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 1 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)