These gluten-free almond crescent cookies are a healthy take on my nanny’s crescent cookie recipe. Each cookie only has about 60 calories and 2 grams of sugar plus they can easily be made vegan!

Oh my! I think I’ve found my new favorite healthier holiday cookie recipe. I know I say this every year (in 2015 I was hooked on these healthy no bake cookies and last year the whole EBF team was going gaga over these almond butter espresso cookies, but honestly this cookie recipe is near and dear to my heart because it’s a remake of my nanny’s crescent cookies.

This is a recipe we’ve made every single year for Christmas since I was a little girl and I’ve always adored the crispy pecan shortbread texture paired with the sweet and fluffy powered sugar coating.

Plate with crescent cookies.

Annual Holiday Baking Tradition

All the ladies in my family including my mom, sister, nieces and nanny usually get together to do holiday cookie baking each year and nanny’s crescent cookies are a mainstay. Before my nanny passed, she would always help out by rolling all the cookies in powered sugar for us. And she was a hoot too. If we were not watching closely she would end up munching on cookies the whole time she was rolling them.

Hand rolling a crescent cookie in powdered sugar.

A Holiday Classic Made Healthy

My nanny’s traditional crescent cookies are made with white flour and butter. Over the years I’ve moved away from using regular white flour when baking so I’m really excited to have a grain-free, gluten-free version of these cookies to enjoy. You’ll notice in the recipe that the cookies can be made with organic butter, ghee or vegan butter. I opted to go the vegan route and used Earth Balance buttery sticks, which worked amazingly well. They’re delicious either way so feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

The best part is that these almond crescent cookies are a pretty healthy option when it comes to holiday cookies because they’re low in calories, sugar and carbs! Each cookie has about 60 calories, 2 grams of sugar and 3 grams of carbs. Not too shabby!

Ingredients to make crescent cookies measured out: powdered sugar, almond flour, chopped nuts, vanilla, salt and butter.

Almond Crescent Cookies Ingredients

These tasty little almond crescent cookies couldn’t be easier. They only require one bowl, six ingredients and about 30 minutes to whip up! Here’s what you need:

  • almond flour – look for fine almond flour instead of almond meal. The texture of almond flour is lighter and less coarse, which will lead to a better texture for the cookies. I wouldn’t recommend substituting a different flour as these are developed for almond flour specifically.
  • softened organic butter, ghee or vegan butter – I used Earth Balance butter to keep these vegan.
  • confectioners’ sugar – another name for powdered sugar. To make these lower in sugar and carbs you can use a product like Swerve confectioner’s sugar.
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
  • chopped pecans – you can sub in another nut like almonds or walnuts or leave the nuts out all together.

Cookie dough rolled into crescents on a cookie sheet.

How to Make Crescent Cookies

Mix the dough – Mix almond flour, softened butter, 3 Tablespoons confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract and salt in a small bowl until a dough forms. It will seem a little dry at first, but just keep mixing! Once combined, mix in chopped pecans. You can use your hands to help mix the pecans in if needed.

Scoop the dough – Roll tablespoons of the dough into a small log. Place the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 1 inch apart. Use your hands to shape the cookies into a crescent shape.

Bake – Bake the cookies for 20 minutes or until they start to turn light golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for about 5 minutes. Transfer them to a rack to cool 10 minutes more.

Roll in powdered sugar – Place 2-3 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar in a shallow bowl and roll each cookie until coated. Let cookies cool and enjoy.

Crescent cookies lined up on a cookie sheet.

How to Store These Cookies

After letting these cookies cool completely on a wire rack, store them in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 1 week. I’ve found that storing them in the fridge this helps the cookies keep a crisp texture and ensures that the powdered sugar doesn’t soak into the cookies. They’re also delicious after freezing! For freezing crescent cookies, simply place in an airtight freezer-safe container. They should last in the freezer for at least a month.

A crescent cookie with a bite taken out of it resting on another crescent cookie.

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If you make these crescent cookies, be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about trying the recipe.

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Crescent cookies on a plate.

Almond Crescent Cookies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Simple almond flour crescent cookies — each cookie only has about 60 calories and 2 grams of sugar plus they’re gluten-free and easily made vegan!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely ground almond flour
  • 3 Tablespoons softened organic butter, ghee or vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 56 Tablespoons organic confectioners’ sugar (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grab an ungreased baking stone.
  3. Mix almond flour, softened butter, 3 Tablespoons confectioner’s sugar, vanilla and salt in a small bowl until a cohesive dough forms. It will seem a little dry at first, but just keep mixing. Once combined, mix in chopped pecans. You can use your hands to help mix the pecans in if needed.
  4. Roll tablespoons of the dough into a small log and then shape into a crescent shape. Arrange the crescents about 1 inch apart on the sheet as they will spread a bit. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes or until they start to turn light golden brown on top.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for about 5 minutes. Transfer them to a rack to cool 10 minutes more. Place 2-3 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar in a shallow bowl and roll each cookie until coated. Let cookies cool and enjoy.
  6. Store any leftover cookies in the fridge. I’ve found that this helps the cookies keep a crisp texture and ensures that the powdered sugar doesn’t soak into the cookies.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Cookies

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 63
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 13mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g

Keywords: almond crescent cookies, almond flour cookies

These simple almond flour crescent cookies are a healthy take on my nanny’s signature crescent cookie recipe. Each cookie only has about 60 calories and 2 grams of sugar plus they’re gluten-free and easily made vegan!
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    150 comments
    1. ashok
      April 6, 2021 AT 5:35 am

      My Family Loved it. I am definitely sharing Guys, Thanks For sharing this Great Recipe. this recipe and this website with my friend. Hope they also love it. Thank you again for sharing such a great recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 6, 2021 AT 7:11 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Ashok! Thanks for the review!

    2. Jerica
      February 12, 2021 AT 7:46 am

      Delicious! I added a bit of almond extract and they were the perfect little cookie!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 12, 2021 AT 7:29 pm

        So glad you loved these cookies, Jerica. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Kirsten Demmel
      February 7, 2021 AT 3:49 pm

      Theses are great, except the recipe says to use TABLESPOON scoops where I believe it should say TEASPOON scoops for the amount of dough to use. TABLESPOON cookies are huge. 😉

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 8, 2021 AT 12:20 am

        It should be 1 Tablespoon of dough per cookie. 🙂

        1. Kirsten Demmel
          February 21, 2021 AT 6:19 pm

          They’re delicious! I kept better track this time. I made a triple batch and had 95 teaspoon size cookies, so 30 per batch versus your 18 😉. I guess we like the smaller bite size version. I should be more adventurous and go larger!

          1. Brittany Mullins
            February 21, 2021 AT 8:09 pm

            So glad you’re a fan of these cookies, Kristen!! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    4. Brittney
      January 22, 2021 AT 7:46 pm

      These were delicious

    5. Dana Ross
      January 17, 2021 AT 8:29 pm

      OMG. These are fabulous! The only problem is that one batch is not nearly enough!! After the first batch was such a hit, I have been making in nothing less than double batches… repeatedly!! I needed a new gluten/grain/dairy free addition to the mix, and this was perfect!! Thank you so much for this!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 17, 2021 AT 8:49 pm

        I feel that!! I always have to make a double batch too. So glad you’re loving these cookies, thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    6. Sophie Brinton
      January 4, 2021 AT 3:59 pm

      Every time I make them, these cookies are delicious. I use maple syrup instead of sugar so the batter is a bit wet, but still they come out perfection.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 5, 2021 AT 9:47 pm

        So glad you’re loving these cookies, Sophie. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    7. Brooke
      December 30, 2020 AT 6:08 pm

      Made these for my sister who needs gluten-free foods. These were really good, and I’ll be using this recipe from here on out. Everyone liked them,

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 31, 2020 AT 1:34 pm

        I’m so glad these cookies were a hit!! Thanks for making them and for the review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    8. Elizabeth
      December 27, 2020 AT 3:48 pm

      So delicious! The recipe made 9 cookies, so as the first batch was cooking I whipped up another batch. A huge hit for Christmas!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2020 AT 2:32 am

        So glad these cookies were a hit!! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    9. Susan Niceswanger
      December 26, 2020 AT 8:27 am

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    10. Tiffany
      December 25, 2020 AT 11:09 pm

      Made these tonight on Christmas and they are so good! So easy and I had all the ingredients already in my pantry. I will definitely be making these again.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2020 AT 2:34 am

        Yay!! So glad these cookies were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    11. Rita
      December 25, 2020 AT 12:34 pm

      Hi Brittany,Merry Christmas!
      I made these cookies today, they taste good, but the flattened out when I baked them.
      Any ideas why.
      Thank you !

      1. Rita
        January 4, 2021 AT 6:46 am

        Ok thanks. I am going to try these again, with a different butter maybe.

      2. Brittany Mullins
        December 25, 2020 AT 4:09 pm

        Hi Rita! Hmm… I’ve never had that happen to me before. Did you change anything about the recipe?

    12. Judy
      December 23, 2020 AT 8:39 pm

      These are better than the ones I’ve always made using AP flour. I’ll never go back!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2020 AT 2:44 am

        Ahh, this makes me so happy to hear! Thanks for making them and for the review, Judy.

    13. Brenda
      December 23, 2020 AT 12:33 pm

      Can i use regular flour I want to make these cookies today thank you

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 23, 2020 AT 12:52 pm

        Hey Brenda – I haven’t tried these with regular flour before, so I’m not sure how the cookies would turn out. I developed this recipe specifically for almond flour. Let me know if you try them and how they turn out.

    14. Evalena
      December 23, 2020 AT 11:58 am

      I have been making these for about 3 years now every Christmas! No one even knows the flour difference and they are always a huge hit wherever I take them.
      I usually swap the vanilla for almond extract, or just add in. They are SO amazing!
      Forever a staple in our household Christmas cookie baking 😃

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 23, 2020 AT 3:41 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear. I’m glad these cookies were a hit with everyone. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    15. Smita Agarwal
      December 21, 2020 AT 4:15 pm

      Such an awesome and easy recipe…my first eating bird food and will be definitely trying more!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 22, 2020 AT 6:40 pm

        Woo!! That makes me so happy to hear. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    16. Gabriela Ortiz
      December 20, 2020 AT 8:10 pm

      Hi. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. When rolling the dough it felt like it didn’t stick then when cooking they cracked. Any idea? Followed recipe exactly as is.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 20, 2020 AT 8:18 pm

        One thought might be the pecans. Did you pre-chopped pecans from the store or did you finely chop them yourself? I’ve found the store-bought chopped pecans aren’t fine enough and tend to make the cookies hard to roll and stay together.

    17. Shannon
      December 19, 2020 AT 10:22 pm

      These were so good and easy to make. Turned out wonderful !! I left out the nuts.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 20, 2020 AT 11:42 pm

        Woo!! So glad these cookies turned out for you, Shannon. 🙂

    18. Lisa
      December 19, 2020 AT 12:19 pm

      Sounds SO good, but can I make these cookies without the nuts? Would the texture still be the same?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 19, 2020 AT 12:22 pm

        You can totally make them without the added nuts! They’ll still be yummy, but taste more like shortbread cookie.

    19. Frieda
      December 18, 2020 AT 11:08 am

      These are delish! Great subtle yet rich flavor and satisfying texture.Thank you for a simple gluten free cookie I can throw together in a few minutes.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 18, 2020 AT 5:35 pm

        So glad you loved these cookies!! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    20. Liz
      December 17, 2020 AT 2:08 pm

      These are phenomenal! Love that they aren’t overly sweet and so easy to make! I’ll be definitely making these some more. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 17, 2020 AT 7:15 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved these cookies, Liz. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    21. Steven
      December 12, 2020 AT 7:10 pm

      These are easy, excellent, and quick to make! This recipe is not the same as my German great-grandmother’s, but the cookies taste nearly identical. Nice and smooth and buttery!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 13, 2020 AT 10:07 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear, Steven. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    22. Sarah Souder
      December 11, 2020 AT 9:31 pm

      SO good!!

    23. Terri Willoughby
      December 10, 2020 AT 2:55 pm

      So EXCITED about this recipe…I have a crescent cookie recipe from my mom & I make these cookies every Christmas…since she has passed, they have a special place in my heart. However, I needed a gluten-free/ dairy-free/sugar-free recipe (gut issues for me) and THIS IS THE ONE! Easy and fabulous! Thank you oh so much…I did only get 12 cookies though.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 11, 2020 AT 2:02 am

        Yay, this makes me so happy to hear! So glad you loved this recipe, Terri. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it! As far as the number of cookies, you likely just made them a bit bigger than what I did. 🙂

    24. Katherine
      December 8, 2020 AT 9:42 pm

      So yummy! So easy! I used walnut because that’s what was in the pantry and they turned out great. I didn’t get near 23, only 13. Next time I’ll double the recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2020 AT 12:39 am

        I’m glad you enjoyed these cookies, Katherine. You could have just made yours a bit bigger than when I made them, but I’m glad you loved them. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I appreciate it!

    25. Sandy
      November 20, 2020 AT 11:34 pm

      Can coconut oil be used yo replace butter?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 21, 2020 AT 6:49 pm

        Hey Sandy – I haven’t tried it, but I bet coconut oil would work! Let me know if you try it.

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