Maria's Ischli Cookies
- 1/4 pound almonds or hazelnuts, finely ground
- 1/2 pound butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 pound sugar
- 1/2 pound flour
- Seedless raspberrry preserves
- Chocolate icing (see recipe below)
If you cannot buy nuts already ground, then grind them in a food processor, taking care not to overprocess them or they will turn oily; you can also process them with the sugar to prevent them from turning oily.
(Note if you are working with whole hazelnuts, toast them first in a 400 degree oven, rub off skins, let cool and then grind.)
Combine the nuts with the butter, sugar and flour; you will have to combine this dough with your hands; if a bit too dry, add drops of lemon juice or rum. Form dough into a roll 1 1 /4inches thick. Refrigerate overnight in waxed paper or parchment.
Following day preheat the oven to 350 degrees. cut dough into 1/4inch slices and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and cool cookies on a rack.
When cooled to room temperature, sandwich two cookies together with raspberry jam and spread some of the chocolate icing (see below) over the top cookie. For a pretty presentation, set them in fluted paper cups.