This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies was a simple cookie that surprised me – I guess because the ingredient list was so short I wasn’t expecting much, but these really were lovely – the perfect accompaniment to an after dinner espresso.
Made with ground almonds and flavored with vanilla […] these molded crescent cookies can be covered with a heavy layer of powdered or granulated sugar right after they come from the oven. Snowy, they are a Christmas cookie; dredged in granulated sugar, they’re made for every other day of the year.
One bite, and I’m a kid happy that I was at the door when my mother came home from the bakery. She shopped there every day, always for bread, often for cakes and at least once a week for cookies that came in a white box lined with tissue paper. Crescents, made in a much smaller size than these, were always a part of the weekly assortment and always a favorite.
These come together really quickly – I mad 1/4 recipe and made tiny crescents. I’ve seen the large ones and just wasn’t into making large cookies like that this time around. These were adorable looking (if I do say so myself!) but they were a little hard to roll into crescents that didn’t break as you bent them – I found measuring the dough with a small cookie scoop (to get the right amount), then holding it in my hand to warm up before I rolled and shaped it worked best so as not to have cracks and breaks in the crescents.
Per Dorie’s instructions, I dredged these in powdered sugar when they were still warm and this made the sugar kind of melt a little so it formed a slight glaze effect – they felt soft to the touch when you picked them up but then the cookie part was crunchy. Intriguing and delicious!
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Almond Crescents on page 218 of Dorie’s Cookies.
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