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Pecan Crescent Cookies

Pecan Crescent Cookies are similar to Mexican Wedding Cookies and somehow manage to be light, crunchy, buttery, and rich all at the same time.

My mother-in-law has been making these pecan crescent cookies for years. Everyone in the family has a favorite out of all the cookies she makes. Hub’s favorite is her cream wafers but pecan crescents are mine. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

How to Make Pecan Crescents

Light, sweet, and crunchy, these pecan crescent cookies will be a hit at the office next to the coffee pot or at your Christmas cookie swap this year. Pecan crescents also make a lovely gift for just about anyone who has tastebuds. Thanks to my mother-in-law, Pecan Crescent Cookies taste exactly like Christmas to us.

pecan crescent cookies also known as mexican wedding cookies, baked and displayed on a black cooling rack.

Ingredients

  • butter
  • chopped pecans
  • granulated sugar
  • salt
  • vanilla
  • water
  • flour
  • powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Add vanilla and water.
  3. Add in flour, salt, and pecans and mix well.
  4. Pinch off walnut-sized pieces of dough, roll into a ball, then shape into a crescent.
  5. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
  6. While still warm, roll cookies in powdered sugar.
pecan crescent cookies displayed in front of a mug of cappuccino.

FAQ

Can You Freeze Pecan Crescent Cookies?

Absolutely! They freeze quite well, in fact. Store baked cookies in a gallon freezer bag for up to a month. This gives you the option to bake ahead for Christmas. If you need them to keep longer than a month, you can store the raw dough in the freezer for up to three months.

Can I Use Different Nuts Other Than Pecans?

Yes! Pecan Crescents are similar to Mexican Wedding Cookies in that you can use the nuts of your choice. Almonds and walnuts are good alternative options if you don’t like pecans. It might even be cheaper to use almonds instead, particularly.

How Long Can I Store Pecan Crescent Cookies without Freezing Them?

About a week. My mother-in-law brings her beautiful pecan crescents to us about a week after she’s made them and they are delicious. She always leaves some with us to enjoy after she’s gone back home and we’ve never been careful about storing them in anything other than a plastic, decorative cookie container.

I’ve noticed that the texture starts to change after about a week. They get a little more firm and “stale.” Would you believe me if I told you they are STILL amazing? They’re just a little more crunchy! It’s hard to go wrong with these amazing Pecan Crescent cookies. Stale or not I will eat my weight in them.

These pecan crescent cookies will be a hit at the office next to the coffee pot or at your Christmas cookie swap this year. Pecan crescents also make a lovely gift for just about anyone who has tastebuds. 

Pecan Crescent Cookies

Jenn
Delicious pecan crescent cookies are perfect for Christmas or to accompany your morning coffee.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Additional Time 5 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 24
Calories 157 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 5 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add vanilla and water.
  • Add in flour, salt, and pecans and mix well.
  • Pinch off walnut-sized pieces of dough, roll into a ball, then shape into a crescent.
  • Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • While still warm, roll cookies in powdered sugar.
Nutrition Facts
Pecan Crescent Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 79mg3%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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