My dad liked them but, I think, prefers the traditional nut butter cookie. The peppermint adds a fun, holiday spin on it, though. Joanie, Mama's best friend, thought they were SO cute! Such fun to tell her they were from the cookbook she gave me for my birthday last year. :-) Try them out sometime...I think they're still appropriate for a New Year's party!
Peppermint Crescents from Southern Living Incredible Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup powdered sugar (you'll use a TOTAL of 2 2/3 cups)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup powdered sugar, for dipping
1 cup powdered sugar, for icing
2 1/2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
coarsely crushed peppermints
Cream butter in electric mixer until smooth. Add 2/3 cup powdered sugar and extract. Gradually add flour to the butter mixture. Place dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes (or overnight). When ready, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pull off about a walnut sized piece of dough and roll into a 2-inch roll. Shape it into a crescent and place on a baking stone. Keep shaping until pan is full. Bake for 18 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for one minute. Then roll warm cookies in powdered sugar. Repeat above process until all the dough is used. You will have about 36 cookies.