FAMOUS CZECH CHRISTMAS COOKIES – VANILLA CRESCENTS
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of ground walnuts, fine, not coarse
You can purchase them finely ground or grind them yourself in a food processor.
1/2 cup of powder sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
In my Czech homeland, we have this vanilla sugar. You can find it here in the states, as well as in Polish or German shops. Alpine Village in Torrance has it.
5/8 cup of unsalted butter
2 large eggs
2 cups of powdered sugar to sprinkle over
Preheat the oven to 350F
Make sure butter is soft so leave it out for an hour to soften up.
In a large bowl mix butter, powdered sugar, eggs and vanilla, mix well so it is nicely incorporated. Create a paste. Then
add ground walnuts and flour. Make a nice smooth dough, cover bowl and place in the fridge for 3 hours to rest.
once rested, take the dough out and put it on a large cutting board or clean counter top.
Roll the dough into a large thin “snake” and cut into 2 inch pieces. It should be about the diameter of a small pencil.
Shape the cut pieces into crescents, lay on a greased pan or baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
Make sure they have a nice golden color, take them out and sprinkle with powdered sugar while they are still hot by placing the sugar in a fine sieve and pressing it with a spatula.
Cool the cookies down, put them in shoe bags and hide them from me!!
When my mom was making these, she would put them in shoes boxes and hide them all over our apartment. But guess what? I always found them.
I was very careful though, sneaky more like it. I would take only a few per day so it would not be too obvious but my mom knew, of course.