I have a couple of unspoken expectations during the Holiday season:
- A big, fat, fluffy tree filled with thousands of white Christmas lights. Even during the years when Blake & I couldn’t afford gifts for one another, the tree was a constant.
- Keebler’s Almond Crescent Cookies as a mainstay in our home from mid-November through New Years.
You’ll understand my disappointment when, this year, the damn cookies can’t be found anywhere. I’ve checked nearly every grocery store in what feels like a 50-mile radius (and then some) in addition to attempting to order the cookies online (Amazon is “sold out”). Come to find out, I don’t think Keebler manufactured the Almond Crescent Holiday nuggets of deliciousness this year.
Wait. Hold the phone. Can they seriously do that?! Keebler- you’ll be hearing from me about this!
So instead of bitch and moan, all the while still cookie-less, I took matters into my own
hands kitchen. How so you ask? I made my own damn crescents.
Almond Crescent Cookies
- 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter, room temperature
- 2/3 of a cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract (I used slightly more)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups of organic flour (I used King Arthur)
- 1 cup finely ground almond
Preheat the oven to 350 and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add the extracts (be sure to turn the mixer off for this or you might end up with extract in your eye— speaking from experience).
In a food processor, pulse almonds until finely ground. You don’t want chunks of nuts in your cookies so be sure there is an even consistency throughout. You could also use almond flour in lieu of the ground almonds if you’d like.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour and almond. Then, working in small batches, slowly add to the butter/sugar batter and mix until incorporated.
Take generous tablespoons of the dough (note: it’s very crumbly) and roll into a ball in your hands. Then shape into a crescent shape [or in my case, a mound that closely resembles a manatee. really who cares what your crescent looks like b/c the cookies taste amazing] and place onto the parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned and golden.
Set aside to cool and then dust with confection sugar.
Enjoy by the handful and think to yourself “who really needs those stupid Keebler elves to begin with…”