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Walnut Butter Delights or Hungarian Crescents


100 Cookies
SourceMrs. Schweikart (1970)
Prep time12 hours, 30 minutes
Cooking time25 minutes
Total time12 hours, 55 minutes


2 c
flour (less 1 T.)
1 t
1⁄2 t
1 c
sweet butter, unsalted
1⁄2 t
egg yolks, beaten well
egg whites
2 c
walnut meats, ground very fine
1⁄4 c
powdered sugar


Sift and measure flour. Sift with sugar and salt into bowl. Cut in butter until mixture looks like corn meal. A pastry blender is just right for this. Stir in vanilla and egg yolks. Knead for a few minutes, being careful not to use any extra flour. Use 1 tablespoon flour for this purpose. Cut dough into 100 pieces; these are shaped into marble-sized balls. Place in single layers on waxed paper-lined pan. Cover with more waxed paper. Refrigerate overnight.

At this time, you can make the walnut filling: Combine egg whites and powdered sugar. Add the ground nuts to egg mixture. Beat vigorously for about 5 minutes. Place filling in refrigerator.

Remove only 5 balls of dough from refrigerator at one time. Roll these out paper thin, using as little flour as possible. Place a level teaspoon of filling in center. Enclose by loosely overlapping 2 sides. Secure ends with a light twist. Place 1/2 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove carefully. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.