Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Almond Butter Cookies

So... I made these to go with coffee at a dinner party. The recipe is from King Arthur Flour's webpage for Holiday Butter Cookies. Didn't think they were all that at first, but dressed-up with egg yolk and a sprinkling of almonds, they were lovely!

Adapted from King Arthur Flour

5oz Icing Sugar, sifted
9oz Salted Butter, softened
1 Egg Yolk
A pinch of Salt
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
11.5oz Plain Flour

1 Egg Yolk plus 1 teaspoon Water, mixed together
Almond Nibs

Place Butter and Sugar in a bowl. With spatula mix till combined. Mix in the Egg Yolk and Vanilla (or flavouring of your choice) making sure it is thoroughly combined into the creamed mixture.

Gently fold in the Salt and Flour. Mix with the spatula until the dough comes together and away from the sides of the bowl cleanly. Divide dough into half, shrink wrap and leave in fridge overnight.

The next day, remove one half of the dough from the fridge. Leave on kitchen counter top for 30 minutes. Then remove the shrink wrap and place dough between 2 sheets of plastic. Working quickly, roll dough to the desired thickness, cut shapes and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper until all the dough is used up. (At this point, you can either finish-up or do the same with the second bit of dough still in the fridge.)

Brush the biscuits with the additional Egg Yolk mixed with 1 teaspoon of Water. Sprinkle each biscuit with Almond Nibs.

Bake in a moderate oven (about 155 Celsius) for 20 - 25 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Then remove from the oven and cool on the tray for about 20 minutes. Remove and store in an airtight container.

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