Walnut-cardamom Viennese crescent cookies
Posted by fourclankitchen on March 5, 2011
These cookies are Christmas fare in Austria and also in our family . They are very delicate-tasting and by some accounts, precursors to the Russian tea cake or Mexican wedding cake. In my opinion though, they are better than their cousins. I think the cardamom is what pushes them over the top and makes them as comfortable at Christmas or after a big Indian meal. Also, they take about 2 min to put together in a food processor. The recipe is taken without modifications from “Cookies and Biscotti” by Christine Kidd, a lovely collection of cookies.
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup shelled walnuts
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut in to 1/2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (preferably fresh ground)
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/8 teaspoon salt
A few tbs. of confectioner’s sugar
1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all ingredients (except the confectioner’s sugar) in a food processor. Pulse until the dough begins to come together Gather up the dough into a smooth ball.
2. Divide the dough into 24 equal balls and roll into a rope with tapered ends. Arrange these in a crescent shape on an ungreased baking sheet, 1 inch apart. Bake until firm to touch, about 18 to 20 minutes. You will need to do these in 2 batches for most ovens.
3. When the cookies are done, let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
4. Put a couple tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar into a tea strainer and sift over cookies till they are completely covered. Do this before the cookies are completely cooled.
5. Cool cookies for at least 15 more minutes. The cookies may be stored in an airtight container up to 5 days.
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