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Dutch Amond Cookies



This lovely cookie is one which I bake every year for Christmas.  I have been baking it for years and years and years!  I believe the original recipe was a first  prize winner in a cookie contest in Canadian Living magazine, but I can't remember for sure.  All I know for sure is that they are definitely prize worthy, as they are that delicious!


They begin with a simple almond flavoured  brown sugar cookie dough.  Easy peasy.


An almond filling is made using blanched almonds, sugar, an egg yolks and some more flavouring in the way of lemon juice and almond extract.


The cookie dough gets rolled into 1 inch balls and you make an indentation in them with your finger tip.  Not a large one  . . .

just large enough to hold a tiny bit of that almond filling, which then gets covered over and tucked inside by the covering of another tiny pinch of that cookie dough.  A little roll between the palms seals it in nice and safe . . .


An egg white glaze and a blanched almond on top and they are ready for baking  . . . 15 minutes later you are rewarded with delicious almond cookies!! 

 

Sure, they are a tiny bit more effort than a drop and bake cookie, but hey!  It's Christmas and a little bit of something special warranted!  They are worth every little effort!



*Dutch Almond Cookies*
Makes about 5 dozen

I have been making these lovely almond cookies every Christmas since my children were small.  They are delicious! 

250g butter, softened (1 cup)
400g soft light brown sugar (2 cups packed)
2 medium free range eggs
1 tsp almond extract
490g plain flour (3 1/2 cups)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

For the filling:
42g whole blanched almonds (1/4 cup)
50g granulated sugar (1/4 cup)
1 medium free range egg yolk
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp almond extract
You will also need:
1 medium free range egg white, lightly beaten
85g whole blanched almonds (1/2 cup)


Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs one at a time along with the almond extract. Sift together the flour, salt, soda and baking powder.  Stir this into the creamed mixture until well blended.  Cover and chill for about an hour. 


Put the ingredients for the filling into a small blender/processor.  Blitz until smooth. 


Preheat the oven 160*C/325*F gas mark 3.  Butter several large baking sheets. 


For each cookie take a spoonful of th dough and roll into a 1-inch ball. With a finger make an indentation into the centre of the ball, the. fill with about 1/4 tsp of the filling.  Pinch off more dough about the size of a pea.  Flatten and use this to cover the filling.  Gently roll again in the palms of your hands to seal and smooth edges, Place onto the baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining dough placing the filled balls 2 inches apart.  Brush the tops with some of the beaten egg white and gently press a whole almond into the top of each. 


Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown.  Scoop off to cool on wire racks.  Store in an airtight container. 



These have lovely crisp edges and chewy middles.  I have never had anyone eat one that didn't want another one immediately after!!  Bon Appetit and Happy Holidays!  








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Marie Rayner
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  1. Thanks so much for this. I’ll be spending time looking at all the links as well. Having just started my food blog homemade yorkshire puddings, this is more helpful!

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    1. Thanks Dana! Sorry I have only just gotten this comment. I hope you are having a good Christmas!

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  2. I bet they are fabulously almondy:)

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  3. I love almond! These sound wonderful!

    I have all the ingredients for both your fudges (peanut butter and chocolate wreath -- though I'll probably not do it as a wreath. Or maybe as a mini-wreath to share.) Anyway, looking forward to it!

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    1. Be warned, you cannot eat just one Jeanie! xo

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