Pepperidge Farm move over. My son will has the hot new cookie recipe to kill for. I am a die hard Milano fan but I’ll take Will’s new master piece of a Milano, even a mint Milano, any day. At this point Will has made six batches starting back in early November and every one has turned out wonderfully. One of the wonderful things is these can be mixed up and kept in the refrigerator so you can make up fresh cookies in minutes. Not only that, but they keep well in a tin.
This recipe was passed down from his mother’s mother. Do yourself a favor and take the time to make some of these wonderful cookies for Christmas, Boxing Day, New Years or even Wednesday. Get cracking!
Grandma David’s Almond Jam Cookies
2 1/2 cups butter – softened at room temp (do not heat)
2/3 cup sugar
2 cup flour
1 3/4 cup almonds
1/8 tsp. Cinnamon
Pecans, walnuts or the like for top garnish
Grind almonds. I used a mortar and pestle at first but then switched to the kitchen blender and that worked great.
Cream butter & sugar together
Beat in flour 1/2 cup at a time.
Add almonds & cinnamon.
Beat until mix becomes lots of crumbly little pieces.
Cover with wax paper and let chill for one hour or overnight.
Preheat oven to 325ºF (162°C)
Take out the dough and mold it into a ball. This is, in my opinion, the hardest part because the dough is all crumbly, but after you’ve handled it for a while it gets easier to stick together.
On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8″ thickness.
Cut out circular cookies. Smaller ones are nice because they are an easy mouthful.
At this point I found that adding a pecan nut on top of half of the cookies added a nice affect. It looks good and is good different texture and taste.
On an non-greased baking sheet, cook for 25 minutes until lightly brown. I found that after the 25 minutes that another five minutes worked well to get them a nice color. But you should check to see how they look after 25 minutes.
After they have cooled for five minutes, sandwich a little bit of jam jam between cookies, with the ones that have a pecan as the tops. Sprinkle confectioners sugar over the cookies.
One batch makes approximately 25 sandwich cookies depending on the size of cookie cutter you use.
“Bah, Humbug.” -E. Scrooge
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