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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Fudge Dipped Pecan Crescent Cookies - A Holiday Tradition

Buttery cookies with bits of pecans are shaped into crescents and dipped in a chocolate coating for a perfect combination. These cookies have been favorites in our family for generations!

close up of container full of fudge dipped crescent cookies ready to eat

These melt in your mouth cookies are a Christmastime must in my family. They have tiny bits of pecans throughout and a thick glaze of fudge on the outside. They are a bit like snowball cookies only better! Make some for your treat trays or make some for yourself!

For me, the holidays are all about tradition. Don't get me wrong, it is fun to change things up a bit and try new things.

There are just some things you HAVE to have in order to make it Christmas. These cookies are one of those things for my family.

hand holding chocolate dipped crescent cookie

My mom has been making them for as long as I can remember. Her mom made them too. I wish I knew when exactly they became a thing, but I know it's been longer than I've been around!

These cookies are as big of a part of the holiday as the tree and decorations. Speaking of the tree and traditions, each year my mom gets us each a Hallmark ornament for Christmas.

As we have moved out, we take our ornaments with us. Now every year as we hang the ornaments we get to relive the memories of our childhood.

We still keep each ornament in its original box. My husband thought I was absolutely nuts the first time he saw the crate of ornament boxes come out.

looking down on a container filled with chocolate covered pecan crescent cookies with a bottle of milk in the background

He went to work with tales of me un-boxing each one as I hung them. He came home with the knowledge that we are not the only crazy ones who do that. It turns out some of his coworkers did the same thing!

Do you have ornaments in their original box still? Do you go through the same unboxing every year?

Another tradition that continues to make Christmas special in our family is an overabundance of Christmas cookies. MiMi asks everyone to pick a favorite for her to make.

There are six of us kids, plus my husband, Little Dude, a niece, a nephew, a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law too. So that means at least 12 kinds of cookies.

rows of pecan crescent cookies freshly dipped in fudge and laid out on wax paper

Then she makes each on in bulk. We are aware that any invitation to visit in December probably includes time rolling, dipping, cutting or decorating cookies.

Every years she says she is going to make fewer cookies, but every year she ends up with a whole room devoted to cookies and chex mix. (Not that anyone complains.)

Add to that the fact that my grandpa loves to make a few of his favorite cookies for Christmas. My aunt also bakes in bulk and brings tin after tin of cookies when she visits.

My cousins also enjoy baking and of course I bake my fair share as well. So we end up with a room of treats at my grandma's house too.

close up of bite missing out of a fudge dipped pecan crescent cookie with buttery cookie inside showing

With all of those cookies to choose from, these cookies are one of my favorites. I know I'm not the only one because when my Uncle Bob used to come for Christmas, these were a must have on his list as well!

They are the best combination of buttery cookie and rich fudgy coating. One bite and you will fall in love!

Rather than dip the cookies in candy melts or melted chocolate, you make a fudge to dip them in. You are going to find your self coming up all sorts of things to put this on.

MiMi thinks the extra is the BEST topping for ice cream. I have used it to frost other cookies as well, including some fun fudge topped donut shaped sugar cookies.

Jug of milk next to a pile of fudge dipped pecan crescent cookies

It sets up perfectly for stacking, but doesn't have the snap of straight chocolate. You have to try it! Go ahead and make a couple of batches, turn up the Christmas music and make an afternoon of it!

Make a batch of these, some melting moments, some German gingerbread cookies and chocolate covered cherry snowballs and your cookie trays will be amazing! What cookies are a must have for you and your family?

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Christmas cookies, crescent cookies, pecan crescent cookies, fudge dipped cookies
Yield: 36 servings

Fudge Dipped Pecan Crescent Cookies

Fudge Dipped Pecan Crescent Cookies

Buttery cookies with bits of pecans are shaped into crescents and dipped in a chocolate coating for a perfect combination. These cookies have been favorites in our family for generations!
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 45 M


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
Dipping Fudge
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 T butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar


How to cook Fudge Dipped Pecan Crescent Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Mix all of the cookie ingredients together. It will be crumbly at first, but it will come together.
  3. Shape dough into crescents (or small balls) and place on cookie sheets.
  4. Bake until lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool on the cookies sheet.
  6. For the fudge, melt chocolate chips, butter and milk in a double boiler. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth.
  7. Dip cookies in fudge and place on wax paper until completely set.
  8. Store in a airtight container.
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Buttery cookies with bits of pecans are shaped into crescents and dipped in a chocolate coating for a perfect combination. These cookies have been favorites in our family for generations!

Buttery cookies with bits of pecans are shaped into crescents and dipped in a chocolate coating for a perfect combination. These cookies have been favorites in our family for generations!

Shared at Meal Plan Monday and The Weekend Potluck


  1. It was so much fun to read how family traditions are still so much a part of your Christmases. Grandma was telling me that she always wants peppermint ice cream for Christmas and I was telling her about how she MUST try this fudge on it. We need to bring some to her Christmas Eve. She will understand what she's been missing all these years. I look forward to everyone opening up the ornaments I chose this year. I found perfect ones for everybody again this year.

    1. It'll be fun to see what you picked for everyone!

  2. These cookies look delicious and what a great little gift for neighbors, family and friends! I can't wait to try these crescents! #client

    1. Thank you, Samantha! I started dropping off cookies a couple of days ago and have seen some empty trays already, so I think they were all a hit!

  3. Oh boy -- dipped in fudge?? SOunds and looks delicious :) If I'm not able to make these before Christmas, they are still going on my to make very soon list instead :)

  4. I love the idea of making cookies as gifts, thank you for sharing the recipe!

    1. They are perfect gifts for people who are hard to shop for or those that you just want to give a token "I was thinking of you" gift!

  5. That is a lovely looking cookie gift that you have made. Anyone would be happy to receive it.
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    1. Those turned into empty trays pretty quickly! The next round of cookies is all baked up and ready to go. I just love passing out cookies!

  6. What a great post Carlee, and I just love your Crescent Cookies! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks Miz Helen, they are definitely a family favorite!

  7. These sound so tasty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Aren't they fun? It just isn't Christmas without them!

  9. Ooh, these sound amazing! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you in the new year!

    1. Thanks so much for hosting! We love these cookies every year!

  10. We are also a family with a million cookies at Christmas. We certainly don't need more, but I may just have to add this recipe to the mix! Thanks for linking up with us at Merry Monday!

    1. I know, every year we say we are going to pare back but we never do! Oh well, I love delivering cookies to people too. I did eat quite a few of these before they all got delivered though!

  11. Thanks for the great recipe! I enjoyed seeing the warm Christmas spirit you have at your house!

    1. It has been extra fun this year watching my little guy get excited! Have a merry Christmas!

  12. Fabulous!! I hope you had a great holiday! Thank you for linking up to Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays. I have pinned your post to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board! I hope you can come back and party with us again tomorrow!

    1. Thank you! We had a great Christmas, I hope you did too!

  13. Carlee, I'm just dropping by from the "Wrapping up the Holidays" link party to let you know that you are one of my features. Congratulations and Happy Holidays!

    1. Thanks, Mary! I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season!

  14. ooh. I'm thinking a bit of Orange flavoring might give those crescent shaped cookies the look and subtle taste of those chocolate "oranges' you can buy at the holidays. hmmm. Glad you linked up on the celebrate365 cookie exchange!

    1. That is a great idea!! I can't wait to try that!

  15. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchenNovember 17, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    I have TONS of ornaments in their original boxes--some from when I was a baby! My mom keeps all of her ornaments in their original boxes too; I never thought it was weird, haha! Anyway, these cookies look fabulous and I'm adding them to my Christmas baking list!

  16. My husband has a few ornaments in boxes, which I thought was really strange until now! And these cookies, Carlee! I've never seen this variation before, and I will definitely be trying them :)

  17. These fudge dipped crescent cookies look pretty simple to make, but so good.

  18. My favorite holiday recipe is my French Silk Pie!


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