Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A little dusting of magic...

Maybe it leaves a tell-tale sign on your favorite black pants, or leaves your fingers sticky and in need of licking, or falls all over your freshly-mopped floor, but there IS something magical about a dusting of powdered sugar.

Or, could be I think it's magical because it's the closest I'll get to actual snow this winter.

You might think you're cookie'd out from Christmas.  Trust me, you're not.  You'll need these New Year's Eve...or New Year's Day...or well, any old day.

Toasted pecans, cardamom, cinnamon, and yes, that dusting of powdered sugar makes these babies irresistible. 

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Pecan Cardamom Crescents
{adapted from Bon Appetit, makes about 30-36}

for the cookies:
1 cup chopped pecans
2 & 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 TBSP vanilla

for the coating:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Pour the pecans onto one cookie sheet and bake for about 4-5 minutes until fragrant.  Remove from the sheet and let cool slightly.

Whisk the flour, spices, and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the toasted pecans in a food processor until a coarse meal forms.

Beat the butter and vanilla until creamy.  Beat in the pecan mixture.  Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, scraping the sides and bottom of bowl as needed.

Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times until it becomes cohesive.

Measure a heaping tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball with your hands, then roll into a log shape, about 2 inches long.  Bend in the ends, pinching gently.  Place on the prepared sheets.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the bottoms turn golden.

Meanwhile, sift together the coating ingredients into a pie plate or shallow bowl.

Immediately after the cookies come out of the oven, roll in the sifted coating.

Place on a wire rack to cool completely.

 {Some of the sugar will soak into the warm cookies.  Don't worry; they're going for another roll.}

Once the cookies are completely cooled, re-roll in the coating sugar.

Powdered sugar dusted cookies?  Magical.


15 comments:

  1. Cinnamon & cardamom are two faves of mine. Along with tons of powdered sugar. They look great, Bridget!

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  2. ah! it's my favorite cookies, used to make it with my mum and my aunt. in Indonesia we call it putri salju (snow white)

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  3. These sound amazing! I've never had cardamom in them though! :-) I can't wait to try it!

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  4. oh I love those cookies, I just have to make sure not to inhale before I take a bite or I choke on the sugar.

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  5. I love the flavors going on here! Gorgeous cookies!

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  6. Love what you do!!! These look divine my dear! :)

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  7. I can still remember the first time I tasted powdered sugar. I was 8 and my aunt let me taste some, I was skeptical at first and thought it was flour but when I tasted it, it was heaven. I was never the same again! :)

    Happy Holidays, Bridget!

    Cheers,
    Aikko

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  8. Bridge, your Pecan Cardamom Crescents look simply divine! I love that you added cardamom along with the cinnamon. Beautiful food photography in the step-by-step instructions as well. I agree…powdered sugar-coated, buttery & nutty teacake-cookies are indeed magical!

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  9. Oh wow...these look and sound amazing! Pinning for sure :)

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  10. I never got around to making my mom's Sand Tarts this holiday, which are similar to those. I may have to roll them out for New Year's...it's still "the holidays" then, anyway, right? ;)

    Happy New Year to you!

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  11. I need to make these little beauties. They look a lot like snowballs (or Mexican Wedding cookies) that we love. But the cardamon and the shape would be fun changes.

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  12. You know I love these cookies dusted with powdered sugar!
    I too think powdered sugar is MAGIC!
    Making my Sandtarts this weekend dusted with powdered sugar to make a WISH on New Years Eve!
    It's tradition!
    Making those and my mother's fudge!
    See why I'm sipping GREEN Detox juice right now!
    Love these powder dusted crescents!
    xo

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  13. I love reading your blog and seeing your amazing cookies. I found you through RedFaced Runners.

    I just don't like powdered sugar. It tastes musty to me. Even a brand new box. I think that's why I don't like cake. I don't like American buttercream frosting. I do like pie though!!

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  14. Ya know what? I think you're right... I think I do need these! LOVE the cardamom and cinnamon together!

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