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pecan crescents

Pecan Crescents

Traditional Pecan Crescents made with butter and confectioners' sugar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Crescents, Pecans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 36
Author Anna
Cost 5


  • 1 stick salted butter, softened (114 grams)
  • 1/3 cup confectioner's sugar (40 grams)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt increase to 1/4 if using unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour (110 grams)
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line one or two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Beat together softened butter, confectioners' sugar and salt. Stir in the vanilla, then add the flour and stir until mixed. Stir in the pecans.
  • Using a teaspoon measure, shape bits of dough into small crescents and place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Let sit on the baking sheet for about 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
  • Put some confectioners' sugar in a shallow bowl and roll the warm cookies in the sugar. Let them cool completely, then dust with more sugar.


Tips for Even Better Cookies: For the butter, try to find salted European style. Make sure the confectioners' sugar is super fresh or right out of the box. For the pecans, try roasting them for about 5 minutes at 350 and tossing with a tiny bit of butter. Let cool before using.