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Vanilla moons

Oscar and Lena want to wish you all the best of the season, if you celebrate, and however you celebrate. Where they’re from, they exchange gifts on the night of many moons. I simply use the holidays as a month-long excuse to eat and drink too much. These crescents are now on my list of must-have holiday treats: they’re delicious, the texture is amazing and they are super-easy to make. We hope you try them and love them too.

Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents)
Via Saveur

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for finishing cookies
1 c unsalted butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla extract
5 oz. walnuts, finely ground in food processor
2 1/2 cups flour, plus more for rolling

Heat oven to 325F degrees. Beat together sugar, butter, and vanilla in a bowl; mix in nuts and flour. Flour and roll into a cylinder; divide into 48 pieces. Roll each into a sausage shape. Taper ends; bend into a crescent. Transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, 12–15 minutes. Sift with confectioners’ sugar. Let cool.

Makes 4 dozen.