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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    fromBAtoParis — December 16, 2010 @ 7:30 am

    I am not a cookie expert..it's incredible but thru blogging I discovered cookies mean so much in USA & Canada…while in other countries, Arg, France they are just "just another thing"…Yet I love them, and I appreciate the photos bec I would have never thought to make them like that!! I hope snow melts soon, and you are able to do your Xmas shopping !!! (that's the most exciting thing!!) No, truly speaking, what I love the most is planning the menu…!

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    Roxan — December 16, 2010 @ 7:30 am

    yum! I love anything almond flavored. I was looking at your recipe – is almond paste the same thing as marzipan?

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    Cherine — December 16, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    Your cookies looks fabulous!! It's nice sometimes to be trapped at home because of snow, and bake such wonderful treats!!

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    Sylvie - Gourmande in the Kitchen — December 16, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    Cookies are indeed magical. I'll have to try these with my favorite raspberry jam as a filling.

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — December 16, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    Roxan~ Almond paste is very similar to marzipan, but it has a higher percentage of almonds and a little less sugar. You could use marzipan if you needed, but your batter would be a little runny.

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    Blog is the New Black — December 16, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    I am so impressed- very cute and sounds delish!

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    Belinda @zomppa — December 16, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    I wouldn't mind being stuck at your house. It's doing some ice thing here too!

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    The Clock-Racing Gourmet — December 16, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    Asheville's beautiful in all kinds of weather. And the cookies look great even without the powdered sugar and jam!

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    The Food Hound — December 16, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

    Oh, my these look delicious!! Knoxville also shuts down for a dusting of snow :) We are used to driving in it (being from MA and PA :), but this morning we are coated in a about 1/4" of ice so we won't be going anywhere for a few hours! Time to catch up on blogging and then any extra time will be spent baking! Sometimes it's nice to be forced to stay at home!

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    5 Star Foodie — December 16, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    These are so lovely with almonds and the jam filling, excellent treats!

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    Lindsay — December 16, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

    Wow! Those look so wonderful! I have been dreaming of sandwich cookies too!

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    High Plains Drifters — December 16, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

    Those middle latitudes suffer the most in the winter. Asheville might be the perfect storm: hilly roads, the snow is typically preceded by a bit of frozen rain, and you get just enough snow to cause trouble, not enough to get folks to invest in snow removal equipment.

    I still remember a 1/4 inch of snow paralyzing Atlanta.

    Those cookies look incredible!

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    Emily Z — December 16, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

    I am the same way… or I was on Sunday when we were having a lazy, cold, snowy day… I was feeling restless so I baked. Your cookie sandwiches look wonderful!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — December 16, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

    I love almond flavored desserts. Your cookies are so beautiful, I love the slices of almonds and the jam. So pretty and delicious looking. I would glady eat a dozen or two of your beautiful cookies! :)

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    Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog — December 16, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    I bet that kids are satisfied because schools closed!

    Those wonderful cookies are additive, really!

    Cheers,

    Gera

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    Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) — December 16, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

    So sorry to hear you're snowed in, but hey, I'll take some of that snow over here in sunny SoCal! I'm a Boston native in need of some weather! These cookies look like just the thing to keep me inside all day, too. Yum yum! Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you're having a lovely day and a nice start to the holiday season!

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    Skip to Malou — December 16, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    Indeed cooking are magical.. just by mere looking at these photos make me feel warm inside haha.. sory to hear about all the mishaps but these baking is really comforting!

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    Skip to Malou — December 16, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

    opps typos… in my comment above, i mean cookies… i think it's Freudian slip… i'm not a baker myself that's why haha!

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    Angie's Recipes — December 16, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

    Oh yep…cookies are magical. I love those sandwiched cookies. Here we are having the snowy weather too and I am happy to stay inside and BAKE! LOL

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    My Kitchen in the Rockies — December 16, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

    You make me smile. Schools closed 4 times already? That is pretty funny. They make us get the kids to school in all kinds of weather. Sometimes we just keep them home, because it is to dangerous to get out. Hasn't happened this year yet.
    What wonderful looking cookies. I just bought some fresh baking marzipan yesterday. I will take the recipe with me to try. Thanks!

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    Kate — December 16, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

    I wish I was snowed in at your house! Kate @ kateiscooking

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    Monet — December 16, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

    I know that this would happen to us if it snowed in Austin. We just don't have the equipment to handle the snow! But I don't think we will be getting any of that white stuff…we are warm and dry right now…and I'm enjoying it! But I do miss those Colorado afternoons when snow would keep me in my kitchen baking away. Thank you for sharing with me..these almond treats look amazing!

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    A Little Yumminess — December 16, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    Gosh – these cookies look so good. Love almonds!!

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    Katerina — December 16, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

    You are certainly right. Bake keeps your mind occupied so you don't think about everything that needs to be done. I know that the weather there is pretty harsh. Hang in there and bake!

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    Carolyn — December 16, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

    These are awesome and I can just tell how wonderful they taste. I love almondy cookies like this! Even better with some raspberry jam. I am buzzing them because they look so great.
    BTW, your description of NC in the snow makes me giggle. I lived in Vancouver and it was like that too. An inch of snow shut the whole city down because no one knows how to drive in it!

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    Anna — December 16, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

    Oh Dear….that sound surreal…Here at La, la, la, land it doesn't even look like xmas time. I went to the beach last Sunday. Can you believe that? Your cookies look amazing, pretty pictures too.

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    Wilde in the Kitchen — December 16, 2010 @ 10:59 pm

    These cookies sound great. I love how you prepare them on the parchment paper. Almond overload!

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    Brian @ howtobaker — December 16, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

    Baking is an excellent way to spend a snow day. Oregonians are the same way! If we get 1/2 an inch of snow on the roads everything shuts down.

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    Victoria — December 17, 2010 @ 12:26 am

    Your cookies are snow-capped too :) I can't believe they've canceled school so many times for so little snow, but I guess if you don't have the means to clean it all safely, then that's just life. At least your kids can help you bake! Have a great holiday!

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    Lawyer Loves Lunch — December 17, 2010 @ 12:50 am

    I love jam-filled cookies. Love love love. It kinda makes me wish we were snowed in so I could make these. Or I guess I could make these without snow? :)

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    Pacheco Patty — December 17, 2010 @ 1:02 am

    Your cookies are magical! I love the photos. Even if the snow falls and you're stuck inside at home you've managed to fill your time quite nicely! Stay warm and thanks for sharing with the rest of us:-)

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    Eileen — December 17, 2010 @ 2:50 am

    Being snowed in is the perfect reason to bake! I love those days… Beautiful cookies – I love almonds so I'm sure they would hit the spot!

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    The Mom Chef — December 17, 2010 @ 3:06 am

    Those do look fantastic. I need to go back through my magazine because I don't remember seeing them!

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    TiffKey — December 17, 2010 @ 3:35 am

    Mmmmmm …. almond paste! :)

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    sweetlife — December 17, 2010 @ 3:38 am

    I love your snowed in cookies, a perfect way to keep warm and spend extra time with the kids..great pics!! oh I wish it would just cool down a bit here, still in the 70's, lol

    sweetlife

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    A Canadian Foodie — December 17, 2010 @ 5:26 am

    So cool! (no pun intended!) YOUR cookies ARE magical! Our schools have not closed in over 100 years… and I am living in the Alberta prairies and we have heavy snows and very cold temperatures!!! But, we never close our schools, and as a teacher, it has been a real challenge to get there some days! I would love to stay home and back cookies on snowy days… and, of course, I do when I am home. There truly is nothing more "homey" than cookies in the oven with snow falling outdoors.
    Love the recipes and the photos!
    :)
    valerie

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    Magic of Spice — December 17, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    Wow, these cookies are amazingly delightful…
    Sorry about all of the snow, there have been a lot of extreme weather conditions in so many places lately. Bet your Elves are pleased though :)

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    Priya Sreeram — December 17, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

    loved the flourless cookie recipe and thanks for the step by step tutorial !

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    denise @ quickies on the dinner table — December 17, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

    I've got a block of marzipan I've been wondering what to do with and Christmas being just round the corner presents the perfect reason to use it. The sandwich cookies look wonderful!! I haven't done any Christmas shopping either *sigh* Maybe I'll just skip it this year and make cookies for everyone instead ;)

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    She's Cookin' — December 17, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

    Wow, four snow days already! Your elves are loving it I'm sure – especially with treats like these yummy almond cookies. Naturally, we don't get snow in SoCal, never say never tho, just a steady rain causes chaos out here :)

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    Chocolate Freckles — December 17, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

    This looks great!!!

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    Sanura — December 17, 2010 @ 11:47 pm

    I love sandwich cookies! This version with the almonds (one of my favorite flavors), looks delicious, and I like the idea of using jam instead of frosting/icing.

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    Toby — December 18, 2010 @ 12:37 am

    Beautiful almond cookies! They even "feel" like Christmas!

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    baking.serendipity — December 18, 2010 @ 12:59 am

    These look delicious! I am such a sucker for sandwich cookies :) Days snowed in to bake with your children sound perfect to me. I live in Phoenix…so snow days are non-existent, but grew up in Ohio so I can definitely appreciate (and miss!) the joy of them!

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    sara @ CaffeIna — December 18, 2010 @ 6:13 am

    Oh.my.goodness. This is what happens in your home when you get stuck by the snow? i so wish you could get stuck into my home. I would walk for miles to go get groceries for you while you stay in baking these cookies :)

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    Sprinkled with Flour — December 18, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    Are you kidding me? These look sooo good. Beautiful cookies!

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    Torviewtoronto — December 19, 2010 @ 2:19 am

    delicious festive cookies

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    Cake Duchess — December 19, 2010 @ 3:12 am

    Gorgeous cookies to bake while snowed in. I saw this recipe this month and was thinking of trying out. Your version is tempting!

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    Hyosun Ro — December 19, 2010 @ 3:23 am

    These cookies look yummy. Love your photos too!

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    Boulder Locavore — December 19, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    Delicious! Don't you love a good snow day? What a great way to spend the time. Can't wait to make these myself…would love to be doing it on a snow day, if we ever get any snow!

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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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