Chef Aaron Hervey is the owner of Crave, one of downtown Akron's most popular restaurants.

This recipe is from my grandmother. These cookies were my mom's favorite growing up and I loved them as well. When I was young, I developed a reaction to nuts, so my mom began making them without the pecans in the original recipe. And they are just as good.

CHRISTMAS CRESCENT COOKIES

2 sticks unsalted butter

2 cups flour

5 tbsp. sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tbsp. water

½ tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Cream butter; add sugar, vanilla and water and combine. Sift flour and salt together and stir into mixture. Mix thoroughly. Using a portion about the size of a small walnut, roll into crescent-shaped cookies. Bake about 20 minutes.

While the cookies are still warm, roll in confectioners' sugar.

Makes about 3 dozen.