Mom’s Recipes – Almond Crescent Cookies

Once November 1st came around each year, our home went into full-blown holiday mode when I was growing up. Mom would decorate the house for fall and Thanksgiving, there were delicious aromas to greet us every day when we arrived home from school. If she wasn’t baking up some delicious homemade pumpkin pies, then she was baking zucchini bread or making cookies. I identify each of those smells with home and the holidays, and I hope to be able to continue that tradition this year.

Almond Crescent Cookies
Image Courtesy of Good Cooks

One of my most favorite cookies that Nana and Mom used to make together are the delightfully decadent Almond Crescent Cookies. Their buttery goodness combined with the almonds and the powdered sugar that coat them – absolutely wonderful! I have never attempted to make them for my family, simply because I was afraid that what I created would in no way live up to the memory of what my Nana and Mom made! This year, however, I’m going to give it a whirl! Mom’s recipe is super simple, and I’ve included it for you below.

Mom’s Almond Cresent Cookies


  • 1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of finely chopped almonds
  • confectioner’s sugar


  • Cream butter, salt, sugar, flour, and almonds together and mix well
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Take your dough mixture and shape into almond crescents on a non-stick baking tray
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 2 minutes, then drop to 300 degrees F and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and roll in confectioner’s sugar and set on wax paper to cool
  • Once completely cool you can give them another roll in confectioner’s sugar and place in a Christmas cookie tin

These make great gifts to give during the holidays!

2020 Kimberly Signature

Visits: 682


  1. Thanks So Much for Sharing This Recipe for Almond Crescent Cookies, They Look & Sound Absolutely Delicious! I Love Cookies but I Really Love Homemade Cookies and May I Just Say That Almond Crescent Cookies are Amongst My Favorite Type of Cookies! My Grandmother Actually Makes Really Good Almond Crescent Cookies but I Have Never Made Them So it’s Nice to Actually Have the Recipe! Well Thanks Again for Sharing, Have a Great Evening! – Jana

  2. These are one of my favorite types of cookies! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  3. I'm always on the look out for some new types of cookies! I've heard of these cookies before, however, never had a recipe until now! I just got your recipe for Pecan Tarts and now I have this one too! Thanks so very, very, much for sharing the recipe with all of us! I don't know if I'll get the chance to make them for Christmas, however, I do want to make them! I really appreciate these delicious recipes you are sharing with us! Thanks again, Michele 🙂

    • You are so welcome Michele! LOL – I *still* have not had a chance to make mine either yet! This weekend is out, maybe I'll get to make them sometime next week – fingers crossed!

  4. I'm one of those people that 'tweak' a recipie…I use 1/2 tsp almond flavoring and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Not sure that it makes that much difference ~ it's just how I make them. And, yes, they are luscious!!

  5. You made my day and brought back memories of my mom and grandmom and these are the best cookies and I remember eating them warm fresh baked with a lot of powdered sugar, thank you for sharing this post, these sound just like what they used to make

  6. oh you definitely have my interest in these 🙂 yummy!! I am a huge fan of cookies around the holiday's , they just seem to help things along 🙂 anyway, love the recipe and thanks for share

  7. Delicious isn't the word for these. More like decadent. Wanted to make, but now Almonds are on my list. Saving this recipe. Thank you.

♥ Be respectful when leaving comments ♥