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Almond and Chocolate Filled Butter Cookies

Poted on www.evilshenanigans.com on 4/20/2009


If given the choice of any dessert I want, I almost always pick the cookie.  I adore them.  During the Holidays I tend to eat and bake so many cookies that I get a little tired of them and I can't stand to make them until Spring is fully underway. 


Almond and Chocolate Filled Butter Cookies


These cookies have a delicious secret hidden in them.  A mixture of ground almonds, mini-chocolate chips, vanilla sugar, and cinnamon.   I love little suprises like this in my desserts.  People always think you slaved to make something so impressive, but I must confess ... these are so easy to make!  The dough is supple and easy to work with, and they hold the filling well. 


Fresh From the Oven 


Once baked they maintain their shape well, and once cool completly are sturdy little things.  The dough is not terribly sweet, it is more like a pie dough than a cookie dough in many aspects, so the dusting of powdered sugar is a welcome addition.  If you do not want to roll or dust your cookies, and often I feel that step is one step too many myself,  feel free to add a tablespoon or two of additional sugar to the dough.


These cookies are crisp, buttery, delicate, and remarkable good.  They keep for as many as five days in an air tight container on the counter.   


Almond and Chocolate Filled Butter Cookies 


Plus, they just look darn pretty!


Almond and Chocolate Filled Butter Cookies   Yield 36 cookies


Dough:


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar (or 2 tabplesoons sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla)
1 cup salted butter
2 tablepsoons milk
1 tablespoon water


Filling:


1/2 cup ground almonds
1/3 cup vanilla sugar
3 tablespoons mini-chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons water


Powdered sugar for dusting


Heat the oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.


Filling 


Mix the almonds with the sugar, chocolate chips and water.  Mix well and set aside.


Making the Dough Dough


In the bowl of a food processor add the flour, cinnamon, sugar, milk, water, and butter.  Pulse the mixture until it forms a ball.  You may need to add up to an additional tablespoon of water.


Dough Rolled into a Log Roll the Dough


Roll the dough into a log about 18″ long, then cut into 1/2″ slices.  Roll each slice into a ball.


Starting the Cup Formed into a Cup  


Take one ball of doug, press your finger into the center, then shape the ball into a cup. 


Filled CupPull the Edges InPinch the SeamAll Rolled Up  


Fill each cup with a little of the filling then pinch the dough closed.  Roll gently between your palms to round the ball and place seam side down on the prepared pans.  Repeat with the remaining dough.


Ready to BakeFresh From the Oven  


Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly golden.  Cool completly on the pan.


Almond and Chocolate Filled Butter Cookies 


Roll in powdered sugar before serving.


Almond and Chocolate Filled Butter Cookies

Comments

lacuisinehelene's picture
lacuisinehelene

They look yummy.  Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.

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Marni

I've got to try these - I have ground almonds here that I've been wondering how to use up.  I really dislike using my food processor, do you think this would work in a KitchenAid stand mixer? Thanks.

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gothicgirl

You could mix in the stand mixer, but I would be careful not to overmix. 


A better way might be to start by hand by rubbing the butter into the flour then using the mixer to add the wet ingredients until just combined.  Knead a few times by hand and that should work just fine.


Sorry for the delay in reply, but I have been sick and in bed the last few days. 

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Yerffej

Really nice...I love the diversion from all of this "bread talk" !!!


Jeff

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LSeeber

These look really yummy.  I am going to have to make some of these.


 


 

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Paddyscake

Making us all suffer looking at those yummy looking cookies! You can pop one in your mouth and go ha ha! While I suffer. Oh, woe is me...


Thanks for the recipe though..my cookie monsters will love them, I'm sure.


Betty