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You Call That A Cookie? Try These Almond Butter Cookies
Everyone loves some Almond Butter Cookies and this traditional recipe will make your mouth water and your face smile.
Ok, I used a funny title I know.... I had to come up with something catchy to get you to look; kind of like a billboard using those shiny things to catch your eye, or flashing lights at a cheap hotel. But unlike the cheap hotel you won't leave here with little critters that you didn't bring with you, and you won't mind recommending it to your friends. This recipe has been in our family for a couple generations at least; my wife who was born and raised in Germany made it with her mother and grandmother quite often.
What we have here is perhaps (no, definitely) the best almond butter cookie recipe you've ever tasted and the easiest to bake. There's no shortage of cookie recipes so why should you gamble with 5 minutes of your life on this lens? Because it's been in our family for years, it's tried and tested (made them today as a matter of fact) and I've never met a chef that didn't like them. Would I be taking the sales pitch too far if I said Gordon Ramsay asked for THIS recipe? Probably, but you get the point, I'm sold on these cookies and am betting that you'll agree that these are the easiest to bake and best tasting Almond Butter cookies you'll have on your desert platter.
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Here's What We're Going For
This recipe is used quite literally all around the world. And there's good reason for that... it's simply delicious with a side order of easy. Of course you can go with Almond Butter in lieu of margarine or butter for the true flavor, but some people find it too strong and so we use regular butter and almond extract and nuts.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Serves: 2 - 3 dozen depending on size of crescents
- 2 1/2 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Butter or Margarine
- 1 Cup Ground Almonds
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- Powdered Sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat Oven to 350 degree.
- Grind the Almonds in a coffee bean grinder or food processor if you have one, until they are fine (your preference).
- Warm (not melt) the butter so that it's easily mixed with the sugar and other ingredients.
- Beat the Butter & Sugar until light and fluffy.
- Blend in the Almond Extract & Vanilla.
- Mix in the Flour and ground Almonds until well blended.
- Roll approximately 1 TBS of dough into a log and then shape into a crescent.
- Bake on ungreased cookie sheet or baking paper for 12 - 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle some powdered sugar on these once they're removed from the oven.
- Gloat a little.
Biscotti is derived from Italian "bis" (twice) and "cotto" (cooked) for "twice cooked." Dough is baked, sliced in half, then re-baked to create the dried and crunchy cookie we all know. Many cultures used a similar technique to dry their baked goods to increase shelf life.
The cookies we're making today, however, are no dried out biscuits.
These Almond Butter Cookies Are Easy To Bake - With simple steps and just a few ingredients
The hardest part of this recipe is rolling up the crescents from the dough. As you saw in the recipe module above, the list of ingredients couldn't be simpler and for the most part you should have everything you need in your kitchen to make a batch right now and put me to task.
We get everything assembled and ready to go and have the oven preheated to 350. As mentioned earlier, we use a coffee bean grinder to get our fine Almonds, but a food processor works as well, or you can buy the Almonds already ground if your grocer carries them like that.
Variety Is Fun
Feel free to substitute the Almonds and Almond Extract for Hazelnuts or other nut of your choice for variety.
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Formed Crescents Ready For Oven
It's That Simple
We use two cookie sheets so while one is in the oven we're rolling the crescents for the next batch. Truly, the only work involved with this recipe is rolling the crescent shapes. Once you've made these and tasted how incredible they are you'll agree that it's amazingly simple for such goodness.
After you've pulled them out of the oven use a sifter to coat them with powdered sugar while they're still warm so the sugar stays put.
That's it... you've made an incredible party pleaser in no time at all.
Need Something Fancier Than Truffles?
If you're wanting to expand this simple recipe into something more fancy you can easily melt some Chocolate and drizzle over the crescents or dip them!! I know you're smiling now.
Brief History of The Cookie
Surprisingly a lot of people think that cookies were originally made in China or the far east, due largely to the seemingly famous tradition of fortune cookies. The truth is, fortune cookies are an American phenomenon that have no ancient history in China, and in fact are scarcely available there.
According to Wikipedia, cookies appear to have their origins in 7th century Persia, where not long after the use of sugar became relatively common in that region they began baking flour and sugar foods. But these were surely flatbreads at best. In terms of the "cookie" as we know it, it's widely held that the origins of the cookie date to early Dutch chefs who would make the little "cookies" quite incidentally as they would test their batter and oven temperature before making a full cake. The name cookie actually comes from the Dutch keokje, meaning "little cake." These quickly caught on (who doesn't like finger food) and led to the belly busting cookies we enjoy today.
If you travel and love cookies then perhaps this will help:
English speaking countries (other than U.S.) - biscuits
Germany - keks
Italy - biscotto
Japan - bisuketto
Spain - galleta
Double The Pleasure
We always double this recipe and make big batches. They're great to give along with gifts (or by themselves) and they don't last long in our house.
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