Making cookies for Christmas is a vital a part of my household’s vacation custom. This week I’m sharing a few of our favourite recipes.
1- eight ounce can almond paste
1 1/2 cups (three sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
four eggs, separated
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/four teaspoon salt
10 drops inexperienced meals coloring
eight drops crimson meals coloring
12-ounce jar apricot preserves
eight ounces semisweet chocolate
Heat oven to 350 levels F. Grease three 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dishes; line with waxed paper; grease paper.
Break up paste in giant mixer bowl with a fork. Add butter, sugar, egg yolks and extract and beat with the mixer till fluffy, 5 minutes. Beat within the flour and salt.
Beat egg whites in a separate bowl till stiff peaks kind. Stir into almond combination with a wood spoon, utilizing turning movement much like folding.
Remove 1-1/2 cups batter; unfold evenly into one of many ready pans. Remove one other 1-1/2 cups batter to small bowl; tint inexperienced with coloring. Spread into the second pan. Tint remaining 1-1/2 cups batter crimson. Spread in remaining pan.
Bake 15 minutes or till edges are calmly golden; cake layers will every be 1/four inch thick. Immediately take away desserts from pans onto giant wire racks. Carefully peel off waxed paper. Cool.
Place crimson layer on upturned jelly roll pan or giant platter. Heat preserves; pressure; reserve chunks in a strainer for different makes use of. Spread half of the strained preserves over crimson layer. Top with a white layer. Spread with remaining preserves. Cover with a inexperienced layer, high aspect up.
Cover with plastic wrap. Weigh down with a big wood chopping board, heavy flat tray or giant e book. Refrigerate in a single day.
Melt chocolate in high of double boiler over scorching water.
Trim off the uneven cake edges with a pointy knife. Frost the highest layer with half of the melted chocolate. Let chocolate dry. Turn the rectangle over and frost the remaining chocolate. Cut cake crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips. Cut every strip into 1-inch items. Makes about 6 dozen. Cookies freeze properly.
Marshmallow Fudge Squares
1/2 cup butter
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon. salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 (6 oz) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate items (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons milk
30 giant marshmallows
In a 1-quart saucepan soften butter and chocolate squares. Remove from warmth.
Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan and preheat oven to 350 levels.
Into giant mixer bowl, measure flour, sugar, salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat at low-speed till blended, scraping bowl often. With a spoon, stir in chocolate combination. Spread combination in ready pan. Bake 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over low warmth, soften chocolate items and milk. Remove from warmth.
Remove baking pan from oven; prepare marshmallows in rows on high of the baked layer. Bake 5 minutes longer or till marshmallows are gentle and puffed. Remove to wire rack. With a metallic spatula, flatten marshmallows and unfold evenly.
Drizzle melted chocolate combination over marshmallow layer. Cool on rack 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate, till chilly and the highest is agency, about 2 hours. When chilly, lower into small squares,
Store in tightly coated container within the fridge to make use of up inside three days.
Cookies could also be frozen with between layers of wax paper.