Thursday, January 8, 2009

Taste Tempting Thursday: Dutch Almond Cookies

This is one of my favorite recipes.
I love almonds & these are simple
but perfect almond cookies. Enjoy!

Dutch Almond Cookies

a recipe by a woman named Rita Gyswit that my boss, Marion Melville shared with me.

1 C butter
1.5 C granulated sugar ( plus some extra for top)
2.5 C flour
2 Tbs Almond extract
1 egg plus 1 yolk (save the white)

Mix together the butter, sugar, extract & egg & the extra yolk.
NOTE: do not grease the pans or sift the flour.
Add flour.
Press into two 9 inch cake pans.
Pour the remaining egg white over the tops & sprinkle (or place in a pattern) slivered, un-blanched almonds into the egg white. Sprinkle the tops with some additional sugar

Bake at 325 for 30 to 40 minutes.
After the pans cool a bit, slice the cookies. Cover the tops of the pan tightly and set them in a cool place to ripen for two weeks.
After two weeks : AHHHHHHHHH!!! Enjoy. I have been known to shorten this time !

As the New Year dawned I really thought that I had a plan to post something every day. It just is not happening. I really don't know how people who post - and post with good content - manage it on a daily basis. I come home from work just too tired to think creatively. One of my thoughts for the year - rather than call it a resolution - is to try and concentrate on doing things that bring me joy. At times that means not allowing myself to get caught up in feeling that I should do something. I am going to make art, in whatever medium strikes my fancy, as the muse moves me to. I am not going to worry if I am accepted into a show or an exhibit, or if, indeed, I have made anything worthy of entering to begin with. I am not going to worry about whether or not my work is salable or good enough. I am not going to chase rainbows. I am just going to eliminate that kind of stress & I am going to try to relish the moments as they present themselves. That means that there are times, like now, when I have projects in the works, but they are not yet worth sharing. In lieu of trying to have something creative to share all the time I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes, photos, thoughts on some of my favorite subjects; color, scents,history & textiles. I will probably not post very often mid week, but will on my long weekends that I so enjoy. I am really excited about this year & about the possibilities that I will find as I try to slow my mind down. I am aiming for quality not quantity - in every area of my life. I hope you will continue to enjoy the moments with me.


Jacq said...

These look really great I shall try them later today. Hope you are drying out and didn't have any flooding.

Robin said...

Good thinking, m'friend! Cookies sound delicious and easy. Thanks for the recipe. Robin A.

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