12/10/07

Almond Bon Bons


I'm pretty sure my Mother-in-law made something similar to this. She passed away before I started to date my husband so I can't ever know for sure... I have to rely on the memory of my husband but since his Mom was sick with breast cancer by the time he turned 10 years old and she spent the next two years in cancer-hell, his memories, sadly are what he can remember before the age of 10, which isn't much. He remembers she made "something like this...." and really, that's good enough for me. I like to think of her when I see these anyway because I know it looks like something she would have made for her family.

Almond Bon Bons

1 1/2 c flour
1/2 c butter, soft
1/3 c powdered sugar
2 T milk
1 t vanilla
4 oz. almond paste (comes in a tube)

Almond Glaze: 1 c powdered sugar
1/2 t almond extract
4 t milk - mix all until blended smooth.


Heat oven to 375. Beat flour, butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla on medium until mixed well. Slice almond paste into 1/2 inch slices and then cut each slice into fourths. Shape one inch balls of dough around each bit of almond paste. Roll into a nice ball shape. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until they are set and the bottom is just starting to get golden. Remove to a rack and cool completely. Dip the tops of the cooled cookie into the almond glaze.
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