Christmas Crescent Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup finely-chopped walnuts
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Beat butter, shortening and granulated sugar in bowl of electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in nuts. Add flour and salt; beat on low until combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Roll dough into 1/2-inch thick rope. Cut into 2-inch lengths. Form dough into crescents; place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake until set, but not browned, 14-16 minutes.
  4. Cool 5 minutes on sheet, then move to wire rack until completely cooled.
  5. Sift together confectioner's sugar and cinnamon. Dip cookies into mixture while still warm. Cool completely.

Yield: 5 dozen