Almond Paste Cookies ~ An Easy to Make Taste Treat
Almond Paste Cookies
Do you like Almonds?
Eating various types of nuts can be a healthful addition to one's diet and almonds are no exception to that rule. They are a good source of fiber, high in protein, contain Vitamin E as well as some B vitamins and minerals plus almonds contain mostly monounsaturated fats which can potentially lower cholesterol among other good effects on the body.
In our house we typically keep roasted almonds on hand as well as blanched slivered almonds, almond extract and almond milk for drinking.
We purchased the almond paste in the grocery store to make these almond paste cookies, the handwritten recipe of which was recently discovered in my mother-in-law's old recipe box. I have been slowly working my way through her collection of recipes as well as my mother's recipes to determine which of them we wish to keep.
Now...I will be the first to sadly tell you that eating almond paste cookies, despite the fact of them containing some healthful almonds, will never make the portion of the food pyramid that nutritionists espouse.
But for an aromatic and delicious sweet treat, these cookies are hard to beat for flavor! Eat and enjoy them in moderation...if you can control yourself!
Central Valley of California (shown in green on California outline.)
Almond Tree Loaded for Harvest
Originating from the Mediterranean countries, almond trees are now grown in many other parts of the world where suitable growing conditions are met. This includes places like Spain, Greece, Turkey, Northern Africa and even parts of the United States among other locations.
In the Central Valley of California where a good percentage of United States food is grown, almond tree production is a huge industry.
Just about 3/5th's of the worlds production comes from California and much of it is exported.
Almond trees thrive in warm to even hot temperatures as long as they get sufficient water, yet they do not like overly humid conditions.
The gigantic Central Valley of California is just about perfect for the growing of almond trees.
Now that you know a bit about where almond trees originated and are grown, are you ready to hear more about this delicious cookie recipe?
Let's get started...
Assembling the cookie ingredients together.
Handwritten recipe card from my mother-in-law
1 cup butter at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup almond paste ( I used just 7 ounces which came in one package.)
1/2 cup nutmeats
Assembling and baking these almond paste cookies...
Cream the butter with the sugar and when well mixed beat in the eggs.
Add the flour and baking soda to the creamed mixture. I almost always sift the dry ingredients together just to make sure that there are no lumps in the mixture which will not then get evenly distributed in the batter.
Mix in the almond paste. If the dough gets too stiff and hard to work with, add a few drops of water. ( Since I only used 7 ounces or 198 grams of the almond paste instead of the 8 ounces it called for in the recipe...I did not have to add any water.)
Apparently almond paste used to be sold in larger packages years ago!
Finally mix in the nuts. I originally measured out chopped walnuts since it does not specify which kind of nutmeats to use, but then changed my mind and decided that I would use our blanched slivered almonds.
Drop by half rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. I used Pam cooking spray.
Leave plenty of space between the cookies because they spread out quite a bit. I only put 12 cookies on each normal sized cookie sheet and it was perfect.
The recipe did not call for this, but I decided to press a slivered almond on the top of each ball of dough before baking just for decorative purposes.
Bake in a 325 degree Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes or until the edges of the cookies turn a golden brown.
After the cookies are out of the oven, let them rest for 30 to 60 seconds before removing from the cookie sheet to a wire rack for cooling.
Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies.
Are you ready to indulge in some great tasting almond paste cookies?
The brand of almond paste that I used was Odense. According to their packaging, they have been in business since 1909 and it is "Made in Denmark using California Almonds."
They have some great sounding recipes inside the box which include the following:
- Double Almond Biscotti
- Almond Apple Crumb Pie
- Almond Macaroons, and
- Almond Pound Cake
It would be worth purchasing a box of this type of almond paste just for those recipes!
Did you know that you can make your own almond milk and almond paste?
The video below shows just how easy it is to accomplish making almond milk. She uses the left over pulp for soothing skin treatments by adding a few other fragrant ingredients.
There are many online recipes which will help one in making your own almond paste if desired. Many of the recipes only have these 4 ingredients:
- Whole blanched almonds
- Powdered sugar
- An egg white and
- Almond Extract
Of course there are also variations. As infrequently as I need almond paste in my recipes, I think that I will simply purchase the tried and true Odense Almond Paste in the grocery store when needed.
Making Almond Milk and Almond Paste
Dish of Almond Paste Cookies
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- Oatmeal Bar Cookie with Dates and Nuts ~ Family Memories plus Photos
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© 2013 Peggy Woods
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