This recipe for Butter Crunch Cookies is actually my way of getting around the high price of pecans in making Polish Christmas Crescents, described in 1., above. Instead of costly nuts, I use crushed generic-brand corn flakes. An added plus is that this is a scoopable dough that yields 5 dozen cookies.
These star-shaped rolled sugar cookies are an important part of Polish Christmas celebrations, where the Star of Bethlehem figures prominently in many aspects of the tradition. These are great plain or dipped in chocolate. Check out Polish Christmas Dessert Recipes here.
The literal translation of this cookie from Polish is Ammonia Cookies and refers to the baker's ammonia or ammonium carbonate used in the dough, a leavener that predates baking powder and baking soda, common in many Old World recipes. But no worries. Baking powder or soda can be substituted. Read more about baker's ammonia