Chocolate Filled Almond Spritz Cookies

Recipe by Steve_G
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READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 30-40
YIELD: 36 cookies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • On a baking sheet roast almonds until lightly browned, about 6-8 minutes, toss every 2-3 minutes Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • FOOD PROCESSOR METHOD---------------------.
  • Grind almonds and sugar in a food processor until very fine.
  • Cut butter into 16 chunks, with the processor add butter a chunk at a time.
  • Process until creamy.
  • Scrape down bowl.
  • Add egg and extract, process until mixed, scrape down bowl.
  • Add flour and salt, pulse until just combined.
  • Scrape into a bowl.
  • ELECTRIC MIXER METHOD--------------------------°- .
  • Whisk flour and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Cut butter in to 16 pcs, Allow butter and eggs to come to room temperature.
  • Grind almonds to a fine powder (can be done with a rolling pin and a plastic bag).
  • In a second medium bowl cream butter, sugar until very light and fluffy.
  • Add almonds, beat until well combined.
  • Lightly beat egg and extracts, add to butter mixture, beat until just combined.
  • Stir in flour and salt until just combined.
  • BOTH METHODS---------------------.
  • With a cookie press or pastry bag fitted with a no 22 tip, put cookies on parchment lined cookie sheets, about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  • Decorate with colored sugar, etc.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Refrigerate Cookies on the sheet for 20 minutes, this will help them hold their shape.
  • Bake cookies one pan at a time for 8-10 minutes (until very lightly browned), rotate pan halfway through the baking to promote even cooking.
  • Allow to sit on sheet for 3-4 minutes, remove with an angled spatula to a rack.
  • Cool completely.
  • FILLING----------------------.
  • Melt 3/4 of the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water (160 degrees or so) (bowl must not touch water).
  • When chocolate starts to melt remove from heat and stir until smooth, add remaining chocolate and stir until smooth.
  • Let the chocolate sit until it's no longer warm to the touch and SLOWLY beat in the butter.
  • Do not over beat this mixture.
  • Place the mixture in a freezer bag (corner cut off) or pastry bag and pipe it on to the bottom of 1/2 of the cookies.
  • Cover with second half to form a sandwich.
  • Do about 10 at a time as the chocolate mixture will start to set up.
  • Let cookies set for 2 hours for filling to set 100%.
  • Store covered in an airtight container for about a month.
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