1Beat 1/2 pound softened unsalted butter with 1 egg, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon brandy until creamy and smooth.
2Blend in 3 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves. Chill dough until firm, about 1 hour.
3Preheat the oven to 350°F. Shape the dough into small, flat crescents. Press 1 clove into the center of each cookie. Bake on ungreased baking sheets for 12 to 15 minutes, or until set but not brown. Cool, then dust generously with powdered sugar.