Almond Sandwich Cookies

When All Else Fails~BAKE~

I’m trapped in my house due to snow.

No…we don’t have white drifts blanketing the landscape like many friends up North. Snow in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a novelty. We see it on the mountain tops. We drive up to it to ski. We even get enough in the valleys to sled once or twice each year. But drive in it? Live functional lives in it?

NO. We don’t do that.

Our schools have already closed FOUR TIMES this December, due to 1-2 inches of snow. Ridiculous, you might say, but Asheville is just not equipped to clear enough roads to free us from our homes! Too many people live on the slopes, meaning one patch of black ice could be detrimental.

So here I sit…

Christmas shopping undone.

Holiday errands un-run.

Holiday baking? THAT I can still do! I even have a couple school-skipping elves to help me!

Cookies are magical. They provide a common bond for any group of people. They offer instant (if only momentary) bliss. They are adored by the young and old alike. Cookies are bite-sized portions of LOVE.

When you give a friend a plate of cookies, you’ve given them a couple dozen tiny love notes. I’d take cookies over candles, picture frames, and trinkets any day.

I found this particular recipe in this month’s Bon Appetite Magazine. After drooling over the photo I noticed they were made with almond paste and no flour. Very curious…

They reminded me of the classic Amaretti cookies you find in the square metal tins this time of year. Only thinner, softer,  and filled with jam. I experimented with fillings and found my family liked blackberry jam and spiced vanilla frosting the best! Truth be told, they are a little time consuming–but well worth the effort, if you like a nutty flourless sort of cookie!

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Yield: 20 cookies

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Almond Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups sliced almonds
1- 7 oz. tube of almond paste
1 cup sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ cup egg whites (MEASURE!)
Jam or frosting for filling
Powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line to large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Break the almond paste into chunks and place it in a food processor. Add the sugar and cinnamon and grind until fine.

Add the egg whites and pulse until smooth.

Scoop the mixture into a large zip bag and snip a hole in one corner.

*Here’s where the recipe varies…If the almond mixture in thick, pour the sliced almonds on to a plate. Then squeeze circle onto the almonds. Flip them over so they are covered with almonds on both sides, then lay them on the cookie sheets.

If the almond mixture is loose, place little mounds of sliced almonds on the cookies sheets where the cookies will be. Squeeze the mixture into circles on top of the little almond piles. Then sprinkle with a few more almonds.

Bake for 9-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them at the end because they turn dark quickly.

Allow the cookies to cool completely on the parchment paper. Then turn half of them over and top with jam or frosting. Give each cookie a top and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

(adapted from Bon Appetite Magazine 12/10)

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59 Responses to “Almond Sandwich Cookies”

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    Gulmohar — December 19, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

    Wonderful they look..It's not snowing(much) yet in Colorado, very strange rt?Probably we will not have a white X'mas this year

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    Emily Z — December 20, 2010 @ 3:49 am

    I feel so bad! Somehow a comment you left me got into my spam folder and I deleted it before I realized it was a non-spam comment! Sorry about that! :( I'm not even sure how that happened seeing as you comment pretty frequently!

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    Stella — December 20, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

    Yum, the texture of these cookies look so nice! I love that the batter is kind of wet too. Wet cookie batters make some of the best cookies;-)

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    Kristen — December 21, 2010 @ 4:04 am

    Those look wonderful. In the winter (well, real winter, not the fake winter of Arizona)I like to stay home and bake too. There is something so homey about being in a warm house, creating wonderful things in the oven, keeping the cold at bay.

    Happy Holidays!!

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    Chow and Chatter — December 21, 2010 @ 5:42 am

    wonderful cookies and a fun thing to do with the kids

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    Sanjeeta kk — December 22, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    I like the title of the post, Sommer. The cookies look cute with uneven corners. Love the frosting and pictures.

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    bunkycooks — December 23, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    I know I would love the flavors in these cookies with all of the almonds! Baking is a great way to spend the day and so relaxing. I missed being able to do much of it this year because of my surgery, but I at least get to enjoy your photos! Happy Holidays!

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    John — December 29, 2010 @ 2:22 am

    Those look great. I found one paragraph of the directions somewhat confusing so I edited them on a Word .doc and sent it to you for your input.

    These cookies I'll definitely make. I LOVE ALMOND PASTE!

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    Rosa — July 22, 2011 @ 6:20 am

    What fabulous cookies! They must taste heavenly.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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