I am quite picky when it comes to biscuits/cookies. I love chocolate chip cookies . . . but my chocolate chip cookies have to be crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle . . . and have lotsa chocolate chips in them. I also love raisins and nuts in mine, although I know not everyone does. My molasses cookies have to be soft and puffy. Oatmeal cookies . . . crisp, crisp, crisp. Not all cookies are alike and not all cookies are appreciated for the same reasons.
I have to say I quite simply adore those little buttery spiced almond thins that come in the packs of Belgian Biscuits. Those packs of biscuits are quite expensive however and only a rare treat. There are lots of delicious choccie choices in the pack . . . but only a few almond thins. You can get packs of almond thins alone . . . but again they are very expensive when compared to other biscuits.
I have been on a quest to find a recipe that will replicate closely those very biscuits and I think I may have found it. This is my favourite of all the ones I have tried. I found it on the Martha Stewart page, and have adapted it here.
It's not overly fiddly . . . you simply pack the dough into mini loaf tins and then freeze. Once the dough is frozen you cut it into thin slices, freeze again and then back. Simple. Here are my hints for success. First of all use a really REALLY sharp knife. That is the only way you will get nice thin slices. I used my carving knife. Don't be tempted to short cut any of the steps. When it says frozen it means frozen. There is a lot of butter in this and you want them really cold when you bake them.
Watch them very carefully as they are so thin, that they will burn rather quickly. There is a very fine line beween done and over done. They might seem fiddly, but really once the dough is made and frozen, they're as simple as slicing, sprinkling with the almonds and baking. These are moreishly addictive. Crisp, buttery and quite, quite delicious!
*Dutch Almond Thins*Makes 6 dozen
Place the baking sheet onto a wire rack and let cool. Remove and store in an airtight container. Repeat until you have baked all that you require.