January 09, 2018

Glazed Almond Cookies - little round cookies with an almond paste center

Every time I open my food files I see some random photos I snapped when I was making Christmas cookies this year... and STILL haven't found the time to post.  I can't even begin to tell everything going on during the holidays and now, into the first and second week of January.  It's just... crazy. 

So here is a quick fly-by post of a cookie I've posted before - but here are some photos of this year (2017).  However I made 2 batches.  This first batch was glazed in brilliant shades of red and green.  But I made a second batch with light blue glaze on a white cookie with white sprinkles and white on white with blue sprinkles that were just beautiful!  And... a little like the whole "Frozen" theme.  ;)

Almond Bon Bon Cookies

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

Almond Glaze:

1 c powdered sugar
1/2 t almond extract
drops of food color to make yellow, green, blue, purple or pink
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. Let set to harden or sprinkle decorator sprinkles or sugar on top if you wish when the icing is still wet. 

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