Pressnitz (Walnut Crescents)

Pressnitz Walnut Crescents
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
40 mins
Chill Time:
1 hr
Bake Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 58 mins


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup ricotta cheese

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

  • cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoon orange marmalade

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. In a large bowl combine butter, ricotta cheese, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or until smooth. Stir in flour with a wooden spoon. Shape dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Fold in half; roll to a 15x12-inch rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 3-inch squares.

  3. In a small bowl combine walnuts, sugar, orange marmalade, orange peel, and cinnamon. Place a slightly rounded teaspoon of the walnut mixture on each dough square. Fold one corner of each dough square over the filling; roll to the opposite corner and press to seal. If necessary, brush underside of each dough point with water before pressing to seal. Shape into crescents. Place crescents on prepared cookie sheets.

  4. In a small bowl beat together egg and the water. Brush egg mixture over crescents.

  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack; cool.


Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
8g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 35mg 1%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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