Almond Wreaths

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 1 hr 10 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: about 18 cookies
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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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