Cardamom Crescents

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Recipe: #11458

December 10, 2013

"Great with coffee or tea."

Original is 50 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (20 g)
  • Calories 97.1
  • Total Fat - 5.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 9.8 mg
  • Sodium - 24.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 11.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.3 g
  • Sugars - 6 g
  • Protein - 1.1 g
  • Calcium - 5.6 mg
  • Iron - 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Arrange racks in lower and upper thirds of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2

Whisk first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.

Step 3

Combine 1/2 cup sugar and pecans in a food processor; pulse until coarse meal forms.

Step 4

Using an electric mixer, beat butter and vanilla in a medium bowl until creamy, 2–3 minutes.

Step 5

Add nut mixture; beat to blend.

Step 6

Add dry ingredients; blend well (dough will be moist but still crumbly).

Step 7

Transfer to a work surface; knead to form a ball, about 4 turns.

Step 8

Measure 1 rounded tablespoon of dough; form into a ball, then roll into a 1 1/2"-long log. Gently bend into a crescent shape, pinching ends to taper (cookies may crack slightly).

Step 9

Repeat with remaining dough, spacing about 1" apart on prepared sheets.

Step 10

Bake, rotating sheets halfway through baking, until bottoms are golden, 12–15 minutes.

Step 11

Sift remaining 1 cup powdered sugar into a shallow wide bowl. Working in batches of about 8 cookies each, roll warm cookies gently in powdered sugar to coat.

Step 12

Transfer to a wire rack to let cool. Roll or dust cooled cookies with powdered sugar.

Step 13

Store airtight at room temperature.


No special items needed.

5 Reviews


Oh so good!!! Mike, these are a very close runner up to your Cardamom Snaps, which will forever be my favorites. These cookies just melt in your mouth, and the cardamom is perfect with the ground pecans. The hubby, who isn't crazy about cardamom, just kept coming back for more, saying how good they were. Thanks for posting another winner!


review by:
(15 Nov 2021)


Great cookies! I made some cresents and some balls (the ones I left as balls I had to cook a bit longer). The dough took a little while to prepare and to work but it was worth it as the cookies taste great! Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(27 Jan 2016)


I made these to send to my daughter. They loved them and she asked for the recipe. They are super delicious!


review by:
(31 Dec 2015)


I really love the flavor of these cookies and even though it takes a little while to get them mixed and done, they are well worth the effort. My hubby and I have been fighting over who gets in the cookie jar first!


review by:
(30 Dec 2013)


My favorite spice, cardamom, Mmmmmmmmmmmm! Great cookies!


review by:
(19 Dec 2013)

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