Cookbook

:fnw 2006 - Day 02 - Almond Shortbreads :recins

Almond Shortbreads

2006 12 Days of Cookies - Day 02 - Courtesy of Food Network

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raw almonds with skins, + 18 whole almonds for tops
2/3 cup sugar, plus more for top
14 Tablespoons unsalted butter (7-ounces, 1 3/4-sticks), softened, cut into pieces
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg white, beaten

Instructions:

Special equipment: 9-inch tart fluted pan with a removable bottom

Preheat oven to 325║F.
Blend and pulse the 1/2 cup nuts in a food processor with the sugar until mixture resembles coarse sand. (If there are a couple small chunks of nuts that is fine.)
Add the butter, vanilla and almond extracts, and the salt, and pulse until creamy.
Add the flour and continue to pulse to make a soft dough.
Turn the dough out into a 9-inch tart pan and spread it out evenly with an off-set spatula.
Dip the spatula in a little warm water to help smooth and even the surface of the shortbread.
Cover and freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.
Put the tart pan on a baking sheet and dock (prick) the dough all over with a fork.
Generously sprinkle the top of the shortbread with sugar.
Toss the remaining whole almonds in the egg white; evenly arrange and press the nuts into the dough around the edge of the pan.
Bake until golden brown and set, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Cool the short bread in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes.
Carefully remove the tart ring and cut the shortbread with a sharp knife into wedges, each with a nut.
Cool shortbreads on a rack completely.
Serve.
Store in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days.


Alternatively: Present the shortbread as 1 large cookie. Cool the shortbread in the pan completely and remove the tart ring. Cut the shortbread into wedges as desired.

12 DAYS OF COOKIES - :fnw Food Network #113

:fnw 2006 - Day 01 - Black & White Tie Cookies :recins
:fnw 2006 - Day 02 - Almond Shortbreads :recins
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:fnw 2006 - Day 04 - Peanut Butter and Chocolate Biscotti :recins *PIC*
:fnw 2006 - Day 05 - Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars :recins *PIC*
:fnw 2006 - Day 06 - Whoopie Pies :recins *PIC*
:fnw 2006 - Day 07 - Golden Rugalach :recins *PIC*
:fnw 2006 - Day 08 - Iced Citrus Crackle Cookie :recins *PIC*
:fnw 2006 - Day 09 - Coconut-Cranberry Macaroons :recins *PIC*
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:fnw 2006 - Day 11 - Ginger Pecan Oatmeal Crisps :photo
:fnw 2006 - Day 12 - Butter and Jam Thumbprints :photo
:fnw 2006 - Day 13 - Angel Wings :photo
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:fnw 2008 - Day 02 - Pistachio Linzertorte :photo
:fnw 2008 - Day 09 - The Neelys' Candy Cane Cookies :photo
:fnw 2008 - Day 10 - Paula's Snowflake Cookies :photo
:fnw 2008 - Day 11 - Duff's Black and White Cookie :photo
:fnw 2008 - Day 12 - Sandra's Stained Glass Wreath Cookies :photo *LINK*
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:fnw 2010 - Day 02 - Garam Masala-Chocolate Gingerbread :photo
:fnw 2010 - Day 03 - Coconut Macaroons :photo
:fnw 2010 - Day 04 - Dried Cherry and Almond Biscotti :photo
:fnw 2010 - Day 05 - Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze :photo
:fnw 2010 - Day 06 -Turtle Graham Bars :photo
:fnw 2010 - Day 07 - Raspberry Cake Bars :photo
:fnw 2010 - Day 08 - Sunny's Holiday PB and J Thumbprints :photo
:fnw 2010 - Day 09 - Fruit and Nut Holiday Shortbread :photo
:fnw 2010 - Day 10 - Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies :photo
:fnw 2010 - Day 11 - Polvorones: Ground Walnut Cookies :photo
:fnw 2010 - Day 12 - Craisy Oatmeal Cookies :photo
:fnw 2010 - Day 13 - 3-in-1 Sugar Cookies :photo