Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas - Frosted Almond Shortbreads

As a Christmas gift to you, I'm posting the recipe for the best cookies I have ever eaten. They are so good that they caused an honest to God fight. Make these and watch people beat the hell out of one another.

Frosted Almond Shortbreads

1/4 cup of sugar
2 sticks of butter
2 Cups flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
1 Cup finely chopped almonds

Cream together sugar and butter. Beat in flour, salt and vanilla. Stir in the nuts. Roll dough into small balls and press down in the center to form a thumbprint indentation. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 300 for 30 to 35 minutes.

Cool and ice. to make the frosting combine a cup of powdered sugar with 1/2 tsp. almond extract and enough water to make a paste. You can color half of it red and half green to be festive or just leave it white. Place a drop of frosting in the indentation of the cookies. Let it harden and let the fighting begin.

* I'm on the lookout for some Nasty-Assed cookie recipes. I've seen a couple involving cake mix and weird ingredients and things smashed up and mixed with cream cheese that sound pretty questionable. Please send me the nastiest cookie recipes you can find. Email them to me at widelawns@gmail.com.

Happy Holidays!

6 comments:

Miss Kitty said...

Dammit, WL! Just when I thought my holiday baking was done, you come up with this! Argh! :-P

These look delectable. I'll call my Mom and ask her for any Nasty-Assed Holiday Recipes she can recall. There are plenty of nasty holiday entrees and side dishes, but desserts generally don't fall into the Nasty-Assed category. Hmm.

Almost American said...

Stadium brownies (google them) always look pretty nasty to me - brownies with marshmallows and popcorn, but I suspect they won't meet your high standards of Nasty-assedness! Maybe if they also included pretzels and jello?

Dawn said...

Thank you for the recipe! (And why do I feel paranoid that it's MY cake mix recipe you're talking about? It's good, I swear! Sometimes WT recipes are quite yummy, and I say this as a disciple of JC and a devout Cook's Illustrated reader).

Happy Holidays to the Wide Lawns family!

Dayna said...

Quite some time ago(a couple of years ago or so), you posted a recipe for cake, using box mix but adding other ingrients plus your mixture of floral bouquet. Could you "PLEASE" post that recipe.

Mrs. Gumby said...

Hmmm. The shortbread cookies look delicious! Can I use salted almonds? (I have some in the cupboard. Otherwise, I'm going to have to go out and get some unsalted ones.)

Hope your Christmas with Baby Lawns is wonderful! She's at a great age for unwrapping presents.

lauren said...

I made these for my NYE party and they were a HUGE hit! Next time, I might add some mini chocolate chips to the dough...Thanks for the recipe!

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