Recipe 71: Cinnamon Pecan Crescents

Oh, hi. Did you forget that I had a cookie blog? So did I. I can’t believe it’s been 4 months since I baked cookies and posted a blog – ew!

Anyway, it’s my favorite time of year. Although these look Christmasy instead of Halloweeny, they’ve got cinnamon and that’s close enough.

Cinnamon Pecan Crescents

I thought these would be an easy way to get back into the groove of baking. I mean, there were only 7 ingredients and one of them was water. 

Step 1: Gather ingredients: flour, powdered sugar (separated), water, cinnamon, vanilla, finely chopped pecans, butter. 

That counter might look different to you. That’s because I moved. I love my new apartment.

Step 2: Beat butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

Although I love my new apartment, I think my mixer is upset that it gets such a small amount of counter space.

Step 3: Beat in water and vanilla.


So easy. I was glad I picked this one.

Step 4: Gradually add flour until combined.

Step 5: Stir in pecans.

Step 6: Shape teaspoonfuls of dough into crescents.

That’s easy…wait, teaspoonfuls? It definitely took me 30 minutes to do all of them.

Step 6: Mix cinnamon with remaining powdered sugar.

I didn’t sift my powdered sugar and it was so clumpy. The mini whisk didn’t work, a fork didn’t work, so I ended up using my hands.

Step 7: Remove from oven and roll hot cookies in sugar mixture.

This was a huge pain. I had smashed the sugar while mixing with my hands so instead of rolling, it was more like sprinkle and flip/don’t burn your hands.


Not attractive. They look more like sour cream and onion cashews than cookies.

Step 8: After they cool, roll the cookies again. 


That’s how I feel about that. I didn’t take a picture.

Link to original recipe (This is a McCormick-sponsored recipe)

Yields: 60 (The iPhone version of the app tells me this, so basically I have to toggle. MARTHA!)
I got: 60 (Ugh, let me be honest. 60 filled up 2 cookie sheets and I was DONE. I threw away 3/4 cup of dough.)

Start time: 7:30
End time: 9:45 (2 hours, 15 mins)
Martha’s estimated time: 1 hour, 30 mins

What did I learn? 

  • Clumpy powdered sugar sucks. Sifting powdered sugar also sucks, so I just need to buy new.
  • 84-degree weather in Oregon, in October, plus oven=hot apartment and sad Nate

What do I need to learn? 

  • How can I remain accountable so I don’t go 4 months without baking again? Open to ideas.

Soundtrack (OMG NEW FEATURE): Jeepers Creepers

It’s October, so we wanted to watch a scary movie. I had never seen it. We followed it with Jeepers Creepers 2, which I thought was better. Poor Justin Long, though.


I brought these to work yesterday and people seemed to like them. Will I make them again? Probably not. If you beg? Maybe.

See you soon! Please share and comment! I need some L-O L-O L-O L-O-V-E.

2 responses to “Recipe 71: Cinnamon Pecan Crescents

  1. i’ve missed you! my poor blog is lonely too. you are motivating me!

  2. what if I asked you to make them as balls instead of crescents? Might be easier?

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