These vanilla shortbread cookies make the perfect edible gift around the holidays and if you want to do something a little different you can hang them from ribbon to use as ornaments on the tree. Almond meal adds a bit of nuttiness that pairs perfectly with the vanilla that is featured so delicately in these cookies. A simple colorful icing and some sprinkles add a beautiful and festive decoration to these otherwise simple cookies.
- 300 grams all-purpose flour
- 100 grams almond meal
- 100 grams brown sugar
- 1 vanilla bean (half pod lengthwise and scrape out seeds)
- 200 grams butter (soft, cut into small pieces)
- 2 egg yolks
- 200 grams powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons water (or grenadine syrup)
- Mix all the "dry" ingredients in a medium-sized bowl (flour, almond meal, brown sugar, a pinch of salt, and vanilla seeds).
- Make a well and pour in the egg yolks and the butter.
- Mix the dough with your fingertips and knead until obtaining a ball.
- If you have a food processor, place all the ingredients into the bowl with the hook at once and run on medium until the dough forms a ball and comes away clean from the sides.
- Wrap the ball in a cling film and put it in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Take out the dough ball and take one third of it (it will be easier to manage).
- On a floured surface, thinly roll out the dough with a rolling pin.
- Using cookie cutters, cut out cookies.
- If you want to use the cookies as Christmas tree ornaments, remember to poke a small hole at the top (using a straw for example), so that you can hang the cookies on the tree.
- Bake the cookies for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Let them cool completely before decorating.
- In the pastry aisle of your grocery store, you can find special pencils to decorate the cookies. If you prefer, use powdered sugar for the icing: mix 200 grams of powdered sugar with 2-3 tablespoons of water (to color the icing, use food coloring or replace the water with grenadine syrup).
PER SERVING *
|Calories1090Calories from Fat500|
|% DAILY VALUE*|
|Calories from Fat500|
|% DAILY VALUE*|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.