2/3 cup almonds
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/3 sticks butter, softened at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Toast the nuts in a dry pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Pulse the nuts with half of the sugar (1/4 cup) in a blender.
- Whisk together the flour (I sifted the flour), baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl (aka flour mixture).
- Beat together at medium speed the softened butter with the other half of the sugar (1/4 cup) using a stand mixer equipped with a paddle for making soft dough for about 3 minutes. Add the nut mixture and beat for 1 minute. Add the egg and the vanilla extract to the mixture and beat until the egg is fully incorporated (about 1 minute). Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture until large crumbs are formed.
- Knead the dough. Split it in two small balls and wrap them in plastic foil. Place them in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Take out the dough and roll it until it is about 1/8″ thick (or about 3-4 mm). Cut out different shapes. Half of the shapes have a hole in the middle which I made using a smaller size metal ring. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (you do not need to grease the paper as the cookies contain enough butter so that they will not stick to the paper). Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let the cookies cool down.
- Take a cookie with no hole and spread about 1 tbsp of jam (I used apple butter but you can use raspberry or strawberry jam, even lemon curd will work).Add a cookie with the same shape but with a hole on top to make a sandwich. Dust cookies with confectioners sugar. Let the cookies stay overnight before consumption. They become softer and the longer they stay, the better they taste.
Notes and Tips: You can use hazelnuts or walnuts instead of almonds. I made these cookies for Valentine’s day. My friends and family liked them a lot and asked me for more. With these ingredients you can make about 15 cookies. I found out that the combination of apple butter, cinnamon, vanilla and almonds works well.