I'm in a major baking phase and more so than usual, especially when it comes to cookies.
I don't know if it's the holidays or the fact that in winter I prefer to be burrowed inside rather than outside or that I have this deeper desire than usual to share food with people but I have realized I could make food all day long and be tired at the end but happy.
So after being abundantly appalled that my kitchen is now fully stocked and prepared for any baking disaster (this includes 4 pounds of butter, 10 pounds of flour, 10 pounds of white sugar, 4 pounds of brown sugar, loads of nuts and eggs), I'll be making whatever cookies I can this December.
It began with super easy Nutella Rice Krispie Treats from the latest Bon Appetit Magazine (coming soon!). Then it was Lemon Poppy Seed Linzers and deciding to make Chewy Spiced Ginger Snaps on a whim.
And then it was these Almond Crescent Cookies. Both my mom and Popo are big fans of the Sunset Cookie Book—something that is clearly out of the 80s with it's warm photography and heavily serifed typography but holds some family classics like Chocolate Chews and Peanut Butter Blossoms. I loved that cookie book as a kid. Each section's main photo has a pattern of the featured cookies and I used to scrutinize each one and mentally pick out my favorites. It would have never been Almond Crescents back then. I was way more interested in chocolate and maybe peanut butter rather than a nutty and buttery cookie covered in powdered sugar.
While I still would rather reach for a Chocolate Chew, my coworkers' obsession with Russian Tea Cookies has pulled me over to the buttery and sugary spectrum of cookies. Plus, shaping these into crescents was pretty fun although dusting them with powdered sugar toyed with the part of me that likes to keep messes contained. I'm pretty sure the part of my carpet that is exactly at the edge of the table needs a heavy vacuum this weekend.
The less-than-10-ingredient dough is also an attractive feature. If you have almond meal on hand from say, Earl Grey Macarons with Chocolate Ganache, you can completely skip the nut blitzing business. I'm sure Gus was grateful that I didn't terrorize him a second time. He already had to endure the smoke alarm going off the day before.
To staring at the moon...and baking...
Almond Crescent Cookies
From the Sunset Cookie Book
Yields: 24-32 cookies // Active Time: 1 hour // Inactive Time: 30 minutes