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Easy Italian Almond Crescent Cookies

07/10/2021 (Last Updated: 07/04/2022)

The perfect sweet treat alongside your coffee! These Italian almond crescent cookies are an Italian style shortbread that only need 5 minutes prep. Subtly sweet, crumbly cookie perfection!

Plate of Italian almond crescent cookies with one snapped in half.

Why We Love This

There’s nothing better than a batch of almond crescent cookies to fill your house with that wonderful aroma of warm and cosy holiday baking.

These beautiful crescent shaped cookies look beautiful out on a table for guests, or make perfect sweet treats for Christmas, special occasions or just because.

Plate of crescent shaped Italian shortbread.

What are Almond Crescent Cookies? 

Almond crescent cookies are an Italian style shortbread or biscotti, also known as frollini. You’ll find them served up at Christmas celebrations or even as a breakfast cookie with a hot cuppa.

Some versions of these almond biscuits are coated in icing sugar, and some not, others are baked in a range of shapes from circles, stars, crescents and love hearts.

Not to be confused with cantucci biscotti – or any other type of biscotti – as biscotti just means biscuit in Italian! Where cantucci is crunchy and hard, frollini is crumbly and soft.

Where We Learned This:

This was an handwritten recipe from one of Sarah’s Mum’s customers back in the early 1980’s. She remembers her as a sweet old Italian lady, who’d always bring in a written recipe – complete with little diagrams and drawings so you knew how to make the biscuit shape and get it just right.

What You’ll Need

  • All Purpose Flour – Just regular plain flour is all you need! Sub with coconut flour.
  • Almond Meal – This is like an almond flour found at most supermarkets. Sub with finely crushed almonds or walnuts.
  • Butter – We use salted butter in most of our baking, but you can use regular butter and add ½ tsp of salt if you need. Soften it slightly in the microwave, but don’t melt as this will make the dough much harder to work with.
  • Icing Sugar – Using powdered sugar will give you the smooth melty texture of shortbread, but you can use caster sugar or regular sugar if you need – the texture will just be a little different but just as tasty!
  • Egg Yolks – These help bind all the ingredients together. Leftover egg whites? Try our pavlova roll or chewy Italian almond cookies!
  • Vanilla Essence – Popular alternatives are almond essence or freshly grated lemon zest.
Two almond crescent cookies on a small plate.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Dough Stuck to Fingers? Wash in hot water with a drop of dish soap. This will help break down the butter in the dough and clean your hands easily.
  • Flat Surface – A flat surface is perfect for bringing together the dough and kneading it until smooth.
  • Less Sweet – For a less sweet biscuit, skip the icing sugar coating!

FAQs

What can I make to use up the leftover egg whites?

There’s so many options for leftover egg whites. Our favourites are to make a second batch of biscuits – this time our chewy almond cookies or to whip up a pavlova roll to bring to family dinner. If you want something savoury – make yourself a batch of scrambled egg or omelette using just the whites or adding a couple more eggs into the mix.

Why do I need to chill the dough?

Chilling the dough in the fridge helps to cool the butter and firm everything up. This makes it much easier to shape the dough.

How long do almond crescent cookies last?

Keep your cookies in an airtight container on the kitchen counter or fridge and they’ll last up to a week.

Plate of crescent shaped Italian shortbread.

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Stack of almond crescent cookies on plate, with one broken in half.

Easy Italian Almond Crescent Cookies

The perfect sweet treat alongside your coffee! These Italian almond crescent cookies are an Italian style shortbread that only need 5 minutes prep. Subtly sweet, crumbly cookie perfection!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 17 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Christmas, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 20 Biscuits
Calories: 141kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix the all purpose flour and almond meal into a medium bowl and make a well in the centre.
    1 ¼ cup plain flour / all purpose flour, 1 ¼ cup almond meal
  • Add the butter, icing sugar, egg yolks and vanilla essence into the well and use your hands to work the mixture until smooth.
    150 g butter, 1/2 cup icing sugar / powdered sugar, 2 egg yolks, 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Place in an airtight container and chill in the fridge for one hour.
  • Pre-heat oven to 170°C / 340°F.
  • Line two baking trays with baking paper. Scoop out a heaped tablespoon of mixture and form a small crescent moon shape (or any shape you like!). Leave an inch gap between each cookie.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes until golden.
  • Optional: Once cooled, coat with icing sugar before serving.
    icing sugar / powdered sugar

Recipe Notes

  • Dough Stuck to Fingers? Wash in hot water with a drop of dish soap. This will help break down the butter in the dough and clean your hands easily.
  • Flat Surface – A flat surface is perfect for bringing together the dough and kneading it until smooth.
  • Less Sweet – For a less sweet biscuit, skip the icing sugar coating!

    Nutrition

    Nutrition Facts
    Easy Italian Almond Crescent Cookies
    Amount per Serving
    Calories
    141
    % Daily Value*
    Fat
     
    10
    g
    15
    %
    Saturated Fat
     
    4
    g
    25
    %
    Trans Fat
     
    1
    g
    Polyunsaturated Fat
     
    1
    g
    Monounsaturated Fat
     
    2
    g
    Cholesterol
     
    36
    mg
    12
    %
    Sodium
     
    55
    mg
    2
    %
    Potassium
     
    12
    mg
    0
    %
    Carbohydrates
     
    11
    g
    4
    %
    Fiber
     
    1
    g
    4
    %
    Sugar
     
    4
    g
    4
    %
    Protein
     
    3
    g
    6
    %
    Vitamin A
     
    213
    IU
    4
    %
    Calcium
     
    20
    mg
    2
    %
    Iron
     
    1
    mg
    6
    %
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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