almond crescent cookies with sprinkles

Almond Crescent Cookies with Sprinkles

Almond Crescent Cookies - festive holiday cookies decorated with sprinkles.  Great Christmas recipe.  

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 83 kcal


  • 2/3 cup almonds , blanched, sliced, lightly toasted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , cold, just out of refrigerator
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour , sifted or aerated flour – see my note below
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • lots of sprinkles


  1. Add lightly toasted almonds and sugar into food processor and process until almonds are finely ground. Cut cold butter into small pieces and add it to the food processor. Process until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

  2. Add flour and salt to food processor, process until dough forms, scraping the sides of the food processor bowl with spatula if necessary. And by the way, 1/2 cup white sugar is more than enough for 1 and 2/3 cups of flour because you will be rolling each cookie in sprinkles!
  3. Shape dough as a disk, wrap it in a plastic wrap, put in the freezer for 30 minutes, then in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Or refrigerate it for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 Fahrenheit.
  5. Divide dough into 4 portions and work with each portion separately, keeping the rest of the dough in the refrigerator to keep it cold. Pinch a portion of the dough and roll it between the palms of your hands in a small ball, then into a small cylinder. When you roll each ball, the cold dough will become more malleable. While the cookie is still in a cylinder shape, roll it generously in sprinkles on a plate. Then, form each sprinkled cylinder into crescent shape with pointed ends.
  6. Place each crescent on an ungreased parchment-paper lined cookie sheet and keep the cookie sheet with crescent shaped cookies in the refrigerator until all cookies are shaped. Also keep the dough in the refrigerator when not using it. It is important to keep cookie dough cold before baking to achieve the right cookie consistency. The cookies will require 2 cookie sheets.
  7. Bake for about 12-15 minutes until cookies are set but not brown.
  8. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from NY Times

Important note about properly measuring flour using measuring cups:
The proper way to measure flour using measuring cups is to aerate it first. This is done either by sifting flour, or aerating it by fluffing it up and whisking it well, then spooning it into the measuring cup, then carefully removing any excess flour with a knife. If you just stick that measuring cup in the bag of flour and scoop some out, you will get a lot more flour than what the recipe calls for. Do aerate the flour, or you will end up with dry dough!

Nutrition Facts
Almond Crescent Cookies with Sprinkles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Potassium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.8%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 1.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.