Walnut Crescents Recipe

Robyn Lee

Swapped by Jill Astmann. Adapted from her Grandma Millie.

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Recipe Facts

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Chilling Time : 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 55 mins
Makes: 48 cookies

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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 cups flour
  • Confectioner's Sugar for dusting


  1. Cream butter to soften, then thoroughly cream butter, shortening, and sugar. Mix in water and vanilla, then flour and nuts.

  2. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Chill dough for 3- 4 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 325°F. Form dough into long rolls, 1/2" across. Cut into 3" lengths and shape into crescents. Bake on an parchment-laced sheet for about 15 minutes.

  4. Cool slightly on the pan, then sift confectioner's sugar over. They are very fragile, handle carefully.