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Peanut Crescents

“I’ve been making these festive crescents for 30 years,“ says Kay Brantley of Shaver Lake, California. “They freeze well and look pretty served on Christmas dishes.“
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped salted peanuts
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • In a small bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in water and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Stir in peanuts. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Shape rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into 2-1/2-in. crescents. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until set (do not brown).
  • Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar; cool completely on wire racks. Roll cooled cookies again in confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 90 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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