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1990 1st Place: Nut Crescents

Author/Submitted by: Mila Tomisek of Chicago, Chicago Tribune third annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest December 13, 1990
Servings: 60
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

2  cups  Butter or margarine, softened
6  tablespoons  Confectioner's sugar
2    Egg yolks
4  cups  Flour, sifted
1  cup  Almonds, pecans, or walnuts, ground or finely crushed

2    Egg whites
1  cup  Almonds, pecans, or walnuts, ground or finely crushed
1/2  cup  Granulated sugar
    Confectioner's sugar, for sprinkling

1. Cream butter and confectioner's sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks. Beat in flour and 1 cup ground nuts until mixed. (Dough can be refrigerated up to several days; soften slightly before shaping cookies.)

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have ungreased baking sheets ready.

3. For topping, beat egg whites lightly with fork in shallow dish until frothy. Mix 1 cup nuts and granulated sugar in separate shallow dish.

4. Roll a generous teaspoon of the dough in the palm of your hands into a crescent shape. Dip top of crescent in egg white and then into nut-sugar mixture. Place crescents on baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Bake until bottoms are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on pan a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Sprinkle lightly with confectioner's sugar before serving.

This winning recipe is from Mila Tomisek of Chicago. She prefers to use unsalted butter, but says margarine can be substituted. The cookies are very fragile. Mila first began baking these small, buttery, crescent-shaped cookies with her grandmother during World War I; today, at 82, she still bakes them for her children and grandchildren.

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