Moon Cookies

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Celebrating Milestones

My daughter is 6. Yesterday, we hit a milestone. She read an entire book to me, with such confidence. She needed help with a couple of words, but SHE DID IT! I was so darn proud to hear her read my favorite childhood bedtime story Goodnight Moon. I’m not going to lie, I cried a little when she wasn’t looking.

Goodnight Moon was a book my mother read to me a lot as a child. I still have the book, though the binding is weak. It reminded me of something else Mom and I used to do together, bake “moon cookies.” Most people call them pecan crescent cookies, or Italian Wedding Cookies…but in the Vanderweel/Sohler household, we called them moon cookies. I think this phrase goes back to when my mom was small, and her mom made these delicious cookies. In celebration of Evelyn’s reading, I decided the kids and I would make moon cookies.

These are a simple cookie, no chill time required. The kids had a great time rolling these out. If your kid is experienced with playdough, they will truly enjoy making these cookies. My 4 year old son did an amazing job shaping them as well!

Cherish the Moments and Memories

Speaking of memories, I want to take a moment to remind you to cherish each moment with your children. I know we live in a time full of angst and stress. So many families are on financially unsure footing, worried about COVID, schooling, keeping their job, zoom meetings, and more. Take a moment to be present with your children. This is good for the whole family. If you find yourself frazzled, and unable to stay present in the moment, check out my blog post on apps for mindfulness and meditation.

moon cookies

Pecan Crescent Cookies “Moon Cookies”

Moon Cookies are a traditional Christmas Cookie for our family for generations. It is honestly amazing any time of year.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert


  • cookie sheet
  • Stand mixer


  • 1 cup butter salted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans you can substitute almonds or walnuts if necessary
  • cup flour


  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Beat the butter until fluffy, add sugar, beat again until fluffy
  • Slowly add flour while mixing on a low enough speed that the flour won't cause a catastrophe
  • Mix in nuts
  • Mix on high until the dough comes together
  • Roll into a cyllinder type shape, then a crescent
  • Place on an ungreased cookie sheet
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • ONCE COOLED, dust with powdered sugar
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