Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Holiday Almond Cookies

I know I am sharing a cookie recipe late in the year, I mean, Christmas is less than a week away, but I still wanted to share these yummy cookies with all of you just in case you are still doing some baking or have a cookie exchange party to still attend. Plus, they are just yummy for any time of year! 


 These take some time but are worth it in the end. 

Here is how to make them.

Ingredients:

For cookie:
- 1 cup butter, softened
-2/3 cup sugar
-1 egg
-2 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 tsp salt
-Finely chopped walnuts
-1/2 tsp Almond extract
-1 egg white, slightly beaten

 For icing:
-2 T butter
-1/4 cup crisco
-1 egg white
-2 cups Confectioner sugar
-1/2 tsp Almond extract


In a large bowl, place the 2 cups softened butter and 2/3 cup sugar.

Cream the butter and sugar and smooth.

Next beat in one egg.

Add flour, almond extract, and salt and stir until combined and a nice dough is formed. 
I like to use a spatula at first then finish with my hands once the flour start to get incorporated. 

Chill dough.

Once dough is chilled, you will take it out and form it into small balls and roll in beaten egg white.

Immediately, roll the ball in the crushed walnuts until covered.

Place on a cookie sheet. Gently press in the center to make an indentation.

Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
Gently press the center again and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes longer.

Remove from oven and cool before filling. 

To make the filling, heat butter over medium heat until brown. Cool completely.

Then combine all ingredients (crisco, egg white, almond extract, and confectioner sugar) except the butter and beat until fluffy. add butter and continue beating. If it is too think, add a few drops of water to make it thinner. 

Place filling in the center of cookie.

Sprinkle with colored sugar immediately if desired, but let's face it, it is always desired. ;)

And that's it! 
These cookies are seriously so good! 
And you get a large amount out of one batch of dough. I made medium sized cookies but you can make them smaller if you'd like and get even more out of the dough.

And I bet if you take these to a cookie exchange or give to family and friends, they'll be asking you for the recipe! 

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

For cookie:
- 1 cup butter, softened
-2/3 cup sugar
-1 egg
-2 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 tsp salt
-Finely chopped walnuts
-1/2 tsp Almond extract
-1 egg white, slightly beaten

 For icing:
-2 T butter
-1/4 cup crisco
-1 egg white
-2 cups Confectioner sugar
-1/2 tsp Almond extract
 
Cookie:
Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in one egg. Stir in flour, almond extract and salt until dough is formed. Chill.

Shape dough into small balls and dip in beaten egg whites. Roll in nuts immediately. 
Place on a cookie sheet. Gently press the center to make indentation.

Bake at 350 degrees for 5 mins.
Gently press centers again and bake for an additional 3 to 5 mins. 

Remove and cool.

For icing:
Heat butter over medium heat until brown. Let cool.
Combine Crisco, egg white, almond extract, and confectioner sugar in a bowl and beat until fluffy.
Add butter and continue beating. Add drops of water if icing is too thick.

Place in center of cookies and top with colored sugar immediately if desired.



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