In our family, these cookies were always made for Christmas but I like them so much that I make them all year round! They are delicious with coffee or tea and they make a lovely gift. This recipe makes about 100 – 110 cookies but as they really freeze well, I just place whatever I don’t need into the freezer and have them ready for a treat or when unexpected guests turn up for coffee. If you prefer however to make fewer cookies, just cut the recipe in half!
Ingredients 300g butter 1 cup (200g) sugar 2 large eggs 500 g all-purpose flour 4 ½ tsp baking powder Garnish 1 egg for glaze Finely chopped peeled almonds and pearl sugar
Preparation Method In a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat well. Add flour mixed with baking powder and with a wooden spoon, mix until well blended. Be careful not to over blend. Gather dough into a ball and place in plastic bag or wrap in plastic foil. Place in refrigerator to chill, for at least one hour. Remove dough from refrigerator, knead a little bit and on a very lightly floured board, using 1/3 of the dough at a time, roll out. With a round cookie cutter, cut out cookies and then place on a baking sheet which has been covered with baking paper. Brush with egg glaze and sprinkle with almond and sugar mixture. Bake in a preheated oven, 160C/300F, for about 7 – 10 minutes or until cookies just start to color very lightly. Cookies should not brown at all!
Cool on baking racks and then store in an airtight container or freeze until ready to use!
©KaritasM – November 2021