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12 Days of Cookies: Macadamia Moons

12-days-of-cookiesBrowned Butter-Glazed Macadamia Moons

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts
1/4 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 – 3 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts
Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl beat the 1 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, the 3/4 teaspoon ginger, and the vanilla. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in remaining flour and the 1 cup nuts.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. To shape moons, roll each ball into a short log with tapered ends. Curve slightly into a crescent shape and place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in for 10 to 11 minutes or until set but not browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.
For browned butter, in a small heavy saucepan heat the 1/4 cup butter over medium heat until melted. Cook, stirring constantly, for 6 to 9 minutes or until butter bubbles, turns golden, and becomes fragrant. Cool slightly.
For glaze, in a small bowl combine browned butter, powdered sugar, and the 1/4 teaspoon ginger. Stir in enough of the milk to make a glaze of spreading consistency.
Spread glaze over cooled cookies. Sprinkle immediately with the 1/2 cup nuts and, if desired, nutmeg.

Recipe Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens