Walnut Crescent Biscuits

Walnut Crescent Biscuits

These walnut crescent biscuits are easy and fast to make. Their buttery shortbread texture gives a little resistant crunch before melting in your mouth. Irresistible and moreish they are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee!



These biscuits appear throughout the world, eaten during the festive season and through winter they are often given as Christmas edible gifts. This particular version is from Hungary, known as Hókifli.

During the lead up to Christmas my work colleague couldn’t stop talking about them and it became a running joke where he wasn’t going to come over to our house if there was no walnut crescent biscuits (aka- Hókifli) available.

So here is his favourite recipe for these melt-in-the-mouth biscuits and if you like these you might also like my Viennese biscuit recipe.

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RECIPE HIGHLIGHTS

  • EASE: Fast and easy.
  • GREAT FOR: friends and family visiting. They also make a wonderful homemade gift!
  • TASTE: sweet, buttery and nutty.
  • TEXTURE: A little crunch before melting in the mouth.


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    INGREDIENTS

    For this walnut crescent biscuit recipe all you need are these ingredients:

    • Butter – adds structure and flavour. I use salted butter for most of my baking as it intensifies the flavours, but feel free to use unsalted if you prefer. Make sure it’s at room temperature before using.
    • Powdered / icing sugar – adds refined sweetness and structure, as well as ensures that melt-in-the-mouth texture.
    • Pure vanilla extract or paste adds flavour and enhances the other ingredient flavours in the recipe.

    Vanilla recommendations: pure vanilla extract or vanilla paste or vanilla pods.

    • Ground walnuts – add flavour, moisture, texture and structure to the recipe.
    • Plain or all-purpose flour – to build structure, as we do not use any other raising agents.

    TIP:

    I highly recommend adding a good pinch of salt to your desserts. Salt helps balance out the sweetness and richness. It also elevates the other ingredients, bring out the best characteristics of any recipe. In a seemingly absurd or contradictory way, salt intensifies the mouths ability to taste sweetness. It is the sodium that sends signals to move glucose into the sweet taste receptor cells in our tongue. The result is that salt not only alerts our ‘salt sensitivity’, but also our ‘sweet sensitive’ taste buds. I recommend Maldon Sea salt flakes or Cornish sea salt.




    SUBSTITUTIONS

    While I am making recommendations for alternative ingredients, I haven’t necessarily tried them. If you try making any adaptions, I would love to know how you get on and share it with the other readers.

    GLUTEN-FREE OPTION

    VEGAN OPTIONS

    SUGAR-FREE AND LOW-CALORIE OPTIONS


    WHAT VARIATIONS CAN I MAKE?

    • Biscuit flavours – can easily be changed. Try adding orange or lemon zest for a citrus hit.
    • Alternative nuts – another great option is to use almonds or hazelnuts instead of walnuts and you can even add a little almond extract to enhance the taste further.

    If you experiment, I would love to know how you get on and share it with the other readers.


    NUTRITION

    Serving: one biscuit

    Nutrition information can vary for a recipe based on factors such as precision of measurements, brands, ingredient freshness, or the source of nutrition data.

    I strive to keep the information as accurate as possible but make no warranties regarding its accuracy.

    I encourage you to make your own calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.


    STORAGE AND FREEZING

    These biscuits will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

    Freezing the baked biscuits – cool the biscuits completely after baking and place them in a freezer bag or airtight container. They will last up to 1 month. When you are ready to serve, allow the cookies to reach room temperature before serving.

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    TOOLS YOU’LL NEED

    For this recipe, you do not need to have any specialist equipment apart from a few basics, a electric hand or stand mixer is optional:

    This tray is ideal for smaller bakes. sometimes I don’t always want to use my main baking tray that came with my oven as it is so big. This one is just the right size and I can use the silicone baking mat on it.

    I love using these baking mats. They stop everything sticking to the baking tray and are really easy to clean.

    These strainers are durable and sturdy, built to last, for a wide range of needs in the kitchen.

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    TIP: I highly recommend using metric measurements and a digital kitchen scale, rather than cup measurements. If you have ever ended up with dry, dense or crumbly baked goods, it might be because of inaccurate volume measurements, not all measuring cups are made equally. All my recipes on this blog are carefully developed so that you can easily recreate them in your own kitchen with success, using metric measurements. It is also a lot easier, less messy and you will get far better, consistent results. 🙂
    If you are interested in understanding conversions, here you will find the best conversion chart.


    RECIPE TIPS

    Troubleshooting Crumbly Dough – if the dough holds together when you press it in your fist, then it is perfect. The dough is supposed to be a little crumbly. If it doesn’t come together, try dampening your hands just a little with cold water. This should help to bring the dough together to form a dough ball.


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    Walnut Crescent Biscuit

    Walnut Crescent Biscuits

    Preparation:10 minutes
    Baking:12 minutes
    Total:22 minutes
    Servings: 35 biscuits
    Tools you’ll need:
    • A baking tray (see equipment suggestions on blog page)
    These walnut crescent biscuits are easy and fast to make. Their buttery shortbread texture gives a little resistant crunch before melting in your mouth. Irresistible and moreish they are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee!

    INGREDIENTS LIST
     

    • 200 g plain flour (all-purpose)
    • 50 g icing sugar (US powdered sugar)
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp of vanilla paste
    • 70 g ground walnuts
    • 150 g butter

    Preparation
     

    • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and mix in.
    • If your walnuts are not already ground, grind the walnuts using an electric mixer or place them inside a kitchen towel and crush them with a rolling pin.
    • Add the ground walnuts and the flour to the butter mixture and mix thoroughly.
    • I find the mixture is crumbly at first and then comes together in my fist as I squeeze it to form a dough. This can also be done in an electric mixer until it forms the crumb texture and then finished by hand to form the dough.
    • Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment or silicon mats.
    • Once the dough has come together, cut off a large golf ball size piece and roll it out until it is about 1cm thick.
      Walnut Crescent Biscuits
    • Cut the cylinder into 6cm (2.3 inches) length pieces.
      Walnut Crescent Biscuit
    • Take each piece and gently squeeze and roll the ends, so that the ends become a little pointed like a croissant.
      Walnut Crescent Biscuit
    • Now bend the piece into a crescent shape and place it on the baking tray.
      Walnut Crescent Biscuit
    • Continue until all the dough has been used up and then chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
      Walnut Crescent Biscuit
    • Preheat the oven 170°C fan / 375°F / Gas 5.
    • Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to cool on the baking trays for 5 minutes and then dust with icing sugar.

    Notes & Tips

    Troubleshooting Crumbly Dough – if the dough holds together when you press it in your fist, then it is perfect. The dough is suppose to be a little crumbly. If it doesn’t come together, try dampening your hands just a little with cold water. This should help to bring the dough together to form a dough ball.
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    4 thoughts on “Walnut Crescent Biscuits”

    • Can’t believe this is the first comment – these biscuits are deeelicious! I made a batch a couple of weeks ago and they lasted about 48 hours (household of 3). Just making them again now, although short on walnuts, so have substituted with toasted hazelnuts. Thanks!

    • Hi i want to ask you if i can make your crescents by using more walnut and much less of the all purpose gluten free flour for less carbs? I’ m gluten free but it is too high in carbs. Thankyou so much. I like to hear from you very soon please.

      • Dear Rosa, due to some technical issues I only just received your message just now. I can only suggest giving it a go as I have not tried it myself. I would have thought that the ground walnuts act in a similar way to flour, although they may make the biscuit more crumbly. Good luck if you give it a go and let me know how they came out.

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