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"These nutty shortbread crescents are simply scrumptious. Everyone will love them, whether glazed or dusted with powdered sugar. Cashews add that extra special taste." -Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania

Provided by Taste of Home

Categories     Desserts

Time 25m

Yield 6 dozen.

Number Of Ingredients 10

1-2/3 cups lightly salted cashews
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons 2% milk
Chopped lightly salted cashews and additional confectioners' sugar, optional


  • Place cashews in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. , In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Combine flour, salt and chopped cashews; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. , Divide dough in half; shape each into a ball, then flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes., Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Using a floured scalloped round 3-in. cookie cutter, cut a semicircle from one corner of the dough, forming the inside of a crescent shape. Reposition cutter 1-1/4 in. from inside of crescent; cut cookie, forming a crescent 1-1/4 in. wide at its widest point. Repeat with remaining dough. Chill and reroll scraps if desired., Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 6-7 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely., Combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and remaining vanilla; spread or drizzle over cookies as desired. Sprinkle with chopped cashews if desired. Leave some cookies plain or sprinkle them with additional confectioners' sugar if desired. Let iced cookies stand until set. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 79 calories, Fat 4g fat (2g saturated fat), Cholesterol 7mg cholesterol, Sodium 34mg sodium, Carbohydrate 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, Fiber 0 fiber), Protein 1g protein.

Emamul Sheen
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These cookies are a waste of time and ingredients. They're not worth the effort.

Zubair Arshad
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I followed the recipe exactly, but my cookies didn't turn out right. I'm not sure what went wrong.

Crystol Shimko
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These cookies are good, but they're not as good as I expected. I think I'll try a different recipe next time.

Bakhtiar Afridi
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I found that the dough was a bit too dry. I had to add a little bit of water to get it to come together.

Bahkitah Maara
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These cookies are a little too sweet for my taste. I would reduce the amount of sugar next time.

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I love that these cookies can be made ahead of time. I usually make them the day before I need them and they're just as good.

Samantha Blom
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These cookies are a bit time-consuming to make, but they're worth the effort. They're so delicious and they always impress my guests.

Jameson Oborodoro
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I'm allergic to nuts, but I was able to make these cookies with sunflower seeds instead of cashews. They turned out great!

hunter Fasteson
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These cookies are so good! I love the buttery flavor of the crust and the creamy filling.

Sadhon Ahmed
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I've made these cookies several times and they're always a success. They're the perfect cookie to bring to a party or bake sale.

Jodianne Ivey
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These cookies are so delicious and festive. I made them for Christmas and they were a huge hit.

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I made these cookies for my family and they loved them! They're so flavorful and addictive. I'll definitely be making them again soon.

Ziaullah sumra
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These cookies are the perfect combination of sweet and savory. I love the crunch of the nuts and the creamy filling.

Tshiamo Maseko
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I'm not much of a baker, but these cookies were so simple to make. I'm definitely going to be making them again.

Rashid Gee
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These cookies are so easy to make and they're always a crowd-pleaser. I love how versatile they are - you can add different nuts or spices to change up the flavor.

Muhammad Raiseyasir
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I've never been a fan of cashew cookies, but these are delicious! The filling is creamy and flavorful and the crust is perfectly crispy.

Anne powers
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These cookies are so good! I made them for a bake sale and they sold out in minutes. Everyone loved them.

Sharmin Ahmed
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These cashew crescents were a hit at my party! They're so easy to make and they taste amazing. I love the nutty flavor of the cashews and the creamy filling.

Jodie-leigh Donnan
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Wow! I just made these cashew crescents and they turned out perfectly. The flavor combination of the nuts, butter, and cream cheese is delightful. I highly recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a delicious and easy-to-make cookie.