Warming the Soul: Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies

This winter, these delicious and easy cookies will fill your home with the heart-warming smell of freshly-baked goodies. Light a fire in the fireplace and grab a good book; together, these will make your winter a little less chilly.



[Makes 36]

1 1/4 cups unblanched almonds

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

confectioner’s sugar, for dusting


  1. Grind the almonds with a few tablespoons of the flour in a food processor, blender, or nut grinder.
  2. Sift the remaining flour with the salt. Set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the almonds, vanilla extract, and the flour mixture. Stir to mix well. Gather dough into a ball, wrap in wax paper, and refridgerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease two cookie sheets.
  6. Break off-walnut-sized pieces of dough and roll into small balls – about 1/2″ in diameter. Bend into crescent shapes and place on prepared cookie sheets.
  7. Bake until dry – but not brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool only slightly.
  8. Set rack over a baking sheet and dust lightly with confectioner’s sugar.
  9. Enjoy!

Change is in the Air

Down come the holiday lights and up go the Valentine’s Day decorations! The Trolley is getting ready for the springtime with lots of beautiful, fresh local crafts, exciting pieces by new artists, and more. Here is a wee preview: