4 Calling Birds: Cardamom Crescents

Four calling birds... hmmm... how about phone-shaped cookies?

I discovered these on the New York Times Web site. They are delicate, tender and sweet. The cardamom and orange go perfectly together. Best of all, they are super easy! You will need a food processor.

4 Calling Birds: Cardamom Crescents
adapted from New York Times, who attributed the Williams-Sonoma Cookies book and Luane Khonke

1 c flour
3/4 c walnuts
1/2 c butter, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 c sugar
1 t vanilla
1/2 t ground cardamom
1/2 t grated orange zest
Pinch of salt
Vanilla sugar (1/3 cup sugar and 1/4 vanilla bean pulsed in a food processor and then sieved to remove and seeds) OR regular granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 325 and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place all ingredients except vanilla sugar in the food processor. Pulse on-off until it resembles a coarse meal. Then process continually until it looks like a dough and begins to gather. Roll 2 teaspoon balls into half moon shapes (create an exaggerated moon shape). Place about one inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until very lightly browned. Let sit on the baking sheet for five minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. As soon as they're on the cooling rack, sprinkle with vanilla (or regular) sugar.



Betsy said…
Wow...I've got to try this one, I love cardamom!

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