Dec 25, 2010

Almond Horns

Almond Horns!

In case I didn’t add enough cookies for you to choose from already how about another?! ┬áThis one though has NO chocolate involved at all, which at this point could sound like Paula Deen making a recipe with no butter! Even with the absence of chocolate I love these cookies and the powdered sugar and almond smell and taste like the holiday season for me! They are similar to the snowball cookies I shared previously, in that they have that wonderful crunch and powdered sugar accessory but the difference is the almond addition! and it’s a good one!

Here is everything you’ll need for these cookies:


(From Martha Stewart Cookies. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.)

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole raw almonds, toasted and ground in food processor

Start by mixing the butter and confectioners’ sugar until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Add in the egg and extracts until fully combined and then start with adding the dry ingredients. Add the baking powder and salt along with the flour and almonds. Continue to mix everything until just combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and then refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until the dough is firm.

(Preheat the oven to 350.) Once the dough is cold enough, roll 1 tablespoon of dough into a 4 inch long log and then shape the dough into a horseshoe shape and place the horseshoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes or until they start to get golden around the edges and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool. Let the cookies cool for a bit and then roll them around in confectioners’ sugar. You can’t do this step too early or the confectioners’ sugar gets sloppy and almost like an icing on the cookies. Could be nice but not exactly what we’re going for here!

Almond Horn ready to eat!

Not only are these cookies wonderfully delicious and festive but being in the shape of a horseshoe I’m sure they are bound to bring you and all those that eat them good luck! What more could you need from a cookie! For now, that’s almond horns…in the shell of a nut!

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