Almond Wreaths

Total Time:
2 hr 30 min
Prep:
1 hr 10 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
about 18 cookies
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • Sanding sugar and/or nonpareils, for decorating
Directions
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk the all-purpose flour, cornstarch and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Beat the butter, granulated sugar, almond butter, honey and almond extract in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, then beat in the almond flour until well combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low; gradually add the dry ingredients and beat until just combined. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.

  • Pipe 2 1/2-inch rings about 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets. (If the dough is too stiff to pipe, let soften slightly at room temperature.) Decorate the cookies with sanding sugar and/or nonpareils. Refrigerate the cookies until firm, about 1 hour.

  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Bake, switching the pans halfway through, until the cookies are lightly golden around the edges, about 18 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheets.

  • Photograph by Ryan Dausch


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