Vanilla Crescents

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 lb (2 sticks) of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of sugar
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 Tsp of vanilla extract
1 egg yolk (optional)
1 1/4 cups of ground walnuts
1/2 tsp salt
about 2 cups of powdered sugar
ground up skin from 1 lemon

INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Mix butter, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, egg yolk and walnuts together

2. Mix in the flour (1/2 cup at a time)

3. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in wax paper and refrigerate for about 30 minutes

4. Preheat the oven for 325 degrees

5. Lightly butter two 12″ x 12″ baking sheets

6. Pinch off walnut-sized pieces of chilled dough and place them on a floured board

7. Rolled each piece into a strip about 1 inch wide and 1/2inch thick; shape each piece into a crescent (semi-circle)

8. Arrange the crescents at least 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet

9. Bake in oven for 12 to 15 minutes

10. Transfer them onto a cake rack and coat them with powdered sugar while they are still warm

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