Prep 15 mins
Cook 50 mins
My grandmothers recipe for my favorite cookies. She always makes them around the holidays and are part of my holiday memories.
- 14 ounces butter
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 4 cups flour
- 1⁄2 cup finely ground almonds
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Add nuts, mix in flour.
- Refrigerate ½ hour.
- Form crescent shaped cookies (or any other shape with cookie cutter) 1/4" thick.
- Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees until lightly browned.
- Grind vanilla bean and mix with powdered sugar.
- When cookies are cool, sift sugar mixtures over cookies.
Fabulous biscuits (cookies). Light and crisp, with a delicious coating of vanilla-scented sugar, but no discernible taste of almonds. I just cut mine into diamonds because I was in a hurry. The biscuits took a little under 15 minutes to cook. My only criticism of the recipe is the vast quantity of icing sugar specified for dusting - I put it all on, and it looked like a snowstorm, so next time I will half the quantity. Highly recommended (especially if you cut them into prettier shapes than I did!). Reviewed for Pick A Chef, Fall 2007.
These cookies taste very good. Everything worked out well, but speaking as a person with minimal baking experience, I do wish the recipe had contained a little more detail. I followed Syrinx's advice re: baking time, as well as halving the icing sugar. Honestly, even cut in half I had a ton left over. The cookies themselves are buttery and tasty. Similar in taste to my mother's shortbread cookies, with a unique texture. The definitely have a festive flavour. I'll happily make these again. Made for PAC Spring '08