What is it about the holiday season that practically ‘demands’ cookies be made. Lots of cookies. Lots and lots of cookies. The problem is never knowing what kind to make. And you cannot make just one. You have to make several kinds of cookies. So this week’s IHCC theme, “Fill the Tins”, really fit the bill because cookies were the first treat that came to mind.

And, as usual, there were lots of cookies to choose from I wanted something simple. Something not REAL sweet. These were perfect.

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Almond Crescents

    8 oz unsalted butter, softened
    1/4 cup powdered sugar
    150g blanched almonds, chopped
    2 cups plain flour
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    powered sugar to dust

    Preheat the oven to 350 C, and line two baking trays with parchment paper.

    Using a stand kitchen mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or electric beaters, beat the butter and sugar for about 3-4 minutes, or until really light and fluffy. Add in the chopped almonds and beat thoroughly for another minute or two. Gently fold in the flour, and vanilla until combined and the dough comes together.
    Chill dough for about 5 minutes. {Although I found this made it rather dry}
    Quickly, but gently, roll 1 – 2 tablespoon amounts of the mixture into logs, then gently bend to make a crescent shape, placing onto your prepared trays. Repeat with the remaining dough. Chill the dough if you really like to stop it from melting in your hands as you roll it, but this isn’t particularly necessary.
    Bake shortbreads in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar. {I didn’t dust but rather shook them gently in a large sealed container of sugar. Better coverage.} Biscuits will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

    Simple. Not to sweet. Little bit of crunch. Good cookie. Perfect for sharing in Tins of Cookies. The recipe is in The New Cook on page 164.

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    And there are several more I want to make to include in the tins. But those are for another post!

    Check with the other IHCC members and see what is in their treat tins.