Jeff Mauro's Pecan Crescent Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

These sugar-coated cookies have been a Christmas staple in Jeff Mauro's house since the late '70s.
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FN CRESENTS COOKIES Jeff Mauro Food Network Allpurpose Flour, Fine Salt, Unsalted Butter, Sugar, Vanilla Extract, Pecans, Confectioners’ Sugar

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

12 Days of Cookies It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

Jeff Mauro dresses up buttery pecan cookies for a holiday soiree by rolling them in snowy powdered sugar until they're generously coated. Be careful not to overbake these delicate crescent moons — burnt dough compromises their delicate flavor and results in a firmer cookie than is intended. You can trust that the bake times have been thoroughly tested: The Mauro family has been serving these cookies every Christmas for over 30 years. Jeff's one piece of sage advice? Don't try to sneak one. "These tempting cookies were nearly impossible to sneak a pre-holiday nibble of, because even one bite would yield a trail of powdered sugar all over the kitchen, your shirt and your mouth!" says The Kitchen co-host.

Get Jeff's Pecan Crescent Cookies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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