Monday, December 13, 2010

Almond Shortbread Cookies

188. A very delicious and memorable cookie is the Almond Shortbread Cookie. I discovered this recipe years ago and have enjoyed making it year after year. This Christmas, I made a change that turned out to be very, very delicious!
I did a twist with Hershey's Kisses...the candy cane Kisses. These little kisses are so yummy!
I made the recipe but placed the Kisses on the cookies after they came out of the oven while the cookies were still hot.
Almond Shortbread Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup almond butter or almond paste
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • Hershey Candy Cane Kisses
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, almond butter or paste and white sugar until smooth. Mix in extract. Mix in flour until dough comes together. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Make a small indention in the center of each ball, using your thumb or back of a small spoon, and fill the hole with jam, or leave indention and bake.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and immediately place Hershey Candy Cane Kisses in center of each plain cookie. If using jam, remove from oven and carefully remove cookies from cookie sheet or wait one minute. Allow cookies to completely cool.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners' sugar, extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over cookies.

Wow! The flavors are amazing! The cookies are buttery and the surprise is with the almond and peppermint flavor mix. It is fantastic.
I also made half the cookies with raspberry jam. These are always a big hit!

"Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first.
The Birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love
which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years.
Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart."
~ George M Adams


Anonymous said...

Wow, those look incredible!!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Oh, your cookies look devine!

Merry CHRISTmas!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yum! Those look and sound so good.
Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Debbie said...

What great looking recipes! I have to browse around here.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I wish I loved to bake. Don't have that gene. I know I am going to have to do some next week. Those cookies look and sound great. May have to try those. I love almond anything. Thanks for your very sweet and amusing comment.

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Lilly! Your cookies look so beautiful and so delicious! So did your pumpkin pancakes, and caramel apples. I could gain weight just reading your blog!!! I used to go fishing with my dad all the time when I was a kid. We fished for snappers and flounder usually over at Jones Beach. Such fun memories! I'm very impressed at how you tackled that huge bluefish. I know I wouldn't have been able to do all that! Your blog looks so yummy all the time, of these days you're going to have to open up a restaurant!!! If I'm not back here before next Saturday, have a very happy and totally yummy Christmas!!! xo Paulette

Natasha said...

Wow they look amazing! I wish I could reach though my computer and try one! If only we had those delicious chocolates over here.

Blessings and best wishes to you and your beautiful family for a very Merry Christmas, Lilly.



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