Almond Paste Christmas Cookies

Almond Paste Christmas Cookies.



Ingredients

For 1 Dozen(s)

For the Cookies:

  • 8 ounces peeled, blanched almonds (slivered almonds are fine)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 egg white
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 packet Vanillina, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red and green food coloring as desired
  • Red and green candies cherries, halved
 
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Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the almonds to the bowl of a food processor and process for about 90 seconds. You don’t want the almonds to be too finely ground. Remove to a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the sugar, egg white, zest and vanilla and mix until all the ingredients are fully absorbed and the mixture resembles a paste.
  4. Divide the paste in half and transfer one half to a separate bowl.
  5. Add green and red food coloring to each half until the desired color is reached.
  6. Take a piece of red almond paste about the size of a rounded tablespoon and roll into balls. Roll each one in granulated sugar and place them on the baking sheet. Top with a red candied cherry half.
  7. Take a piece of green almond paste about the size of a tablespoon and roll into a ball, then roll the ball between your two hands to elongate it into a rectangle. Roll each one in granulated sugar and place it on the baking sheet. Top with a green candied cherry half.
  8. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until the bottoms are slightly browned. The cookies may feel a bit soft out of the oven, but they will firm up as they cool.
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