Grain-Free Crescent Cookies

Published on Dec 19, 2019

  by   Kristina Stosek

9 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 18 minutes Serves: 28
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Another delicious addition to your holiday dessert platter is this Grain-Free Crescent Cookie. I wanted to save the best for last. Honestly, these grain-free crescent cookies are the best! 

It’s never too late to add another delicious gluten-free cookie to your cookie box. Trust me on this – these cookies go very fast you can never have too many.

I am super excited about this gluten-free crescent cookie because it reminds me of my childhood. Growing up in Eastern Europe, we always included a crescent cookie on the holiday cookie platter. 

My dilemma was how to make them gluten-free and without grains. I wanted to make this a grain-free cookie. The best part, these grain-free crescent cookies turned out unbelievably delicious, even better than I remember them.


grain-free crescent cookie


the grain-free crescent cookie details,

The recipe is super simple. Only six ingredients, imagine that. Start with almond flour. Then to sweeten them, I added powdered sugar. Finally, the melt in your mouth cookie texture, I added some butter, and some finely chopped pecans for added bite. 

Once the crescent cookies finished baking, I coated them in some powdered sugar. The powdered sugar coating is optional, but I wanted to keep the tradition. So I just had to do it.  

OMG….the crescent cookies are heavenly cookies. They may not be fancy, but in my opinion, they are the best tasting gluten-free cookies on my cookie platter

Don’t worry if you can’t get the shape perfect or even if they crack a bit. Once you taste them, none of this will matter. These cookies are best when refrigerated and will keep up to seven days in an airtight container. 


grain-free crescent cookies


Why are crescent cookies shaped like a moon?

I don’t want to bore you too much, so I will get right to the point. First, the crescent cookies were brought to America by German immigrants. But they are common throughout Europe, especially in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Germany, Hungary and Italy. Originally they were made with walnuts and also with almonds then dusted with vanilla sugar.

So the question remains, why are they crescent-shaped? As legend has it, the cookie was all about celebrating the triumphant days of the Habsburg Monarchy. This victory was a turning point in the Austrian-Osman conflict.

So to celebrate this monumental event, the bakers of Vienna created cookies shaped like crescent moons, which were characteristic of the flag of the Osman Empire. So this is why they are shaped this way and called crescent cookies.

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thank you Candace for sharing, you made my day!


My Hungarian grandma cried when I made these saying they tasted just like her mother’s (Nagy mama). So thank you for the lovely recipe, they are a go to for all my family gatherings and now have introduced them to many friends (with and without gluten intolerances). Thanks for helping me keep the traditions and memories alive. Oh and they’re absolutely delicious!

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