An Easy Peasy Recipe from
...Judy Penz Sheluk
In The Hanged Man’s Noose: A Glass Dolphin Mystery, Glass Dolphin antiques shop owner Arabella Carpenter is known for her love of Scottish shortbread. I also love shortbread, though my particular passion is for Almond Crescents. My mom used to make these every Christmas. She would let me twist the dough into crescent shapes, and if I was really good, sprinkle powered sugar over them after they were freshly baked.
Anneliese’s Almond Crescents
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (the real deal, not the artificial kind)
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 1⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup ground almonds (bulk food stores are a good place to find these)
1 cup powdered sugar (put in a sifter for best results)
Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. Grease cookie sheets (enough for 45 cookies). Mix together butter with sugar and beat with a mixed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and almond extract and continue to beat until incorporated. Stir in the flour and almonds. Work flour mixture into a firm dough.
Working with 1 tablespoon of dough at a time, shape into logs. The log should be slightly thicker in the middle than at both ends. Bend into a crescent shape.Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake 12-15 minutes or until light brown. While the cookies are still warm sift crescents with powdered sugar. Cool on racks. Makes 45 cookies.
A freelance writer. An antiques shop owner. A greedy developer. The Hanged Man’s Noose: where small town secrets, high stakes real estate wrangling, and subterfuge lead to murder.
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