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.

VanillaAlmondCrescents

VANILLA ALMOND CRESCENT COOKIES:

[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

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  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!

The Holidays are Nearly Here

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Change is in the air.

The Conductor and her elves are working very hard to prepare the shop for the upcoming holidays! With Thanksgiving nearly here, the Trolley glows with winter cheer. It’s warm and cozy inside, so next time it’s cold and grey outside, stop in to revel in a little holiday goodness. If you’re looking for a little extra something for your Thanksgiving table, though, don’t worry – we still have lots of gorgeous fall items in store, too.