Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Vanilla Crescent Cookies

This month I participated in the 2nd Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap hosted by Love & Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen. It was really neat because I got to bake up some cookies and share them with three different people and in return I got three separate packages of cookies from three great bloggers!

Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

What’s even better is that everyone who participated (all 576 of us) donated money to benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and the wonderful company Oxo matched our donations dollar for dollar! Below are some Instagram photos I took for the swap.

Cookie Swap

I received three separate and delicious cookie packages from:

Vanilla Crescent Cookies

I also got to send some cookies to three bloggers. I chose to make Vanilla Crescent Cookies because 1) vanilla beans make everything better and 2) I thought they were pretty unique! My cookies went to:

I really enjoyed all the cookies I received, so thanks to you three wonderful ladies! I also hope Allison, Brynn and Melissa enjoyed their cookies! Below is the recipe for everyone’s enjoyment!

Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Vanilla Crescent Cookies

Serves 36
Buttery crescent-shaped cookies dusted with vanilla infused powdered sugar


  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel (grated)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean


1. Cream butter and half of the powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix in vanilla extract, lemon peel and salt until combined.
2. On a low speed, gradually add flour to the butter mixture until just combined. Mix in nuts
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Shape 1 tablespoon of dough into crescent shape and place on cookie sheet; repeat until dough is gone. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.
4. While cookies are baking, put 2 tablespoons of regular sugar in a small bowl. Split a vanilla bean down the center lengthwise with a knife and scrape out the seeds. Add seeds to the sugar and mix well to incorporate the seeds. It helps to smash the seeds into the sugar with a spoon on the edge of the bowl. Add remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar to the vanilla sugar mixture.
5. Remove cookies from oven and roll in the vanilla sugar mixture, coating well. Cool on wire racks.


Store in airtight container for up to 5 days.


  1. 2

    These are gorgeous Bailey! My mom makes almond crescents every year, I can’t wait to have them this Christmas. I bet this version is amazing…I love vanilla!!
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  2. 3

    These are SO pretty!! I love these cookies.
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  3. 4

    I’ve never tried these but they sound wonderful. Vanilla makes everything better, you’re right!
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  4. 5

    bailey, these look so good! as always, your photos are gorgeous! :) wish i would have participated in the fb cookie swap!
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  5. 6

    These look delicious!! So glad the cookie swap went well :)
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    Bailey, these crescents are BEAUTIFUL. And they look SO delicious. I’m a huge powdered sugar-coated-on-anything kinda girl :)
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  7. 8

    Ooh, these are fun! I don’t think I’ve ever seen crescent cookies before.
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  8. 9

    I just found your blog and I wanted to say you are awesome. The food, the pictures, the content..all gorgeous!Following along and hope to try some of your recipes!
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  9. 10

    These look so pretty!
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  10. 11

    I’m new here…wow I love it!! Your blog is so fun and happy!!
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  11. 12

    These are beautiful! I love the photography too, everything looks so festive :D
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