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Pecan Crescents

Sift the powdered sugar for these cookies after measuring, but sift the flour before measuring.

Southern Living DECEMBER 2004

  • Yield: Makes about 5 dozen
  • Prep time:40 Minutes
  • Chill:1 Hour
  • Bake:12 Minutes


  • 1 cup pecan halves, toasted
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar


Pulse pecans in a food processor until they are coarse like sand.

Beat butter and 3/4 cup powdered sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Stir in vanilla and ground pecans. Gradually add flour, beating until a soft dough forms. Beat at low speed just until combined. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Divide dough into 5 portions; divide each portion into 12 pieces. Roll dough pieces into 2-inch logs, curving ends to form crescents. Place on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar. Cool completely on wire racks.


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