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Almond Paste Cookies ~ An Easy to Make Taste Treat
Eating various types of nuts can be a healthful addition to one's diet. Almonds are no exception to that rule.
- These types of nuts are a good source of fiber
- They are high in protein
- They contain Vitamin E as well as some B vitamins and minerals
- Additionally they have mostly monounsaturated fats which can potentially lower cholesterol among other good effects on the body.
In our home we typically keep roasted almonds on hand as well as blanched slivered ones, almond extract and occasionally almond milk for drinking.
This handwritten recipe 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 tell you that eating almond paste cookies despite the fact of them containing some healthful attributes 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!
Almond Trees & Locations Where They are Grown
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 three fifths 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. They do not like overly humid conditions.
The gigantic Central Valley of California is just about perfect for the growing of these 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.
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
- 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 so that it gets 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 used blanched slivered almonds but other nuts could be utilized if you have those on hand.
- 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. Note: 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.
Assembling and baking these almond paste cookies...Click thumbnail to view full-size
Are you ready to make some 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!
Are you ready to indulge in some great tasting almond paste cookies?
This is the exact brand we used with great success in making this delicious cookie recipe. My mother-in-law also used to use this same brand in making other pastry 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. Left over almond pulp can be used 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
There are many variations.
As infrequently as I need this ingredient in my recipes, I think that I will simply purchase the tried and true Odense brand in the grocery store when needed.
Making Almond Milk and Almond Paste
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© 2013 Peggy Woods