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Vanilla and Chocolate Almond Cookies
This refrigerator or icebox cookie recipe makes very good but unusual almond cookies -- you can make light and dark cookies from the same batch -- vanilla almond and chocolate almond. These scrumptious little cookies are unusually light and crisp. If you are looking for a refrigerator recipe that makes crisp almond cookies, try this one.
1. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
2. Cream the butter and brown sugar together. Add the almond extract and an egg and beat until combined. Add the second egg and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
3. Add the flour mixture and the nuts and beat until combined. Do not over mix.
4. Divide the dough in half. Place half of the dough back in the mixing bowl. Add the warm melted chocolate and granulated sugar to that half of the dough and beat until the chocolate is mixed throughout. Place the chocolate dough in the refrigerator while you work with the light-colored dough.
5. Divide the light-colored dough in half and form logs of each half first by squeezing the dough into the approximate shape and then by rolling the dough on the counter while wrapped in waxed paper or parchment paper until the logs are smooth. The logs should be about an inch and one-half in diameter. Refrigerate the logs wrapped in the waxed paper.
6. Remove the chocolate dough from the refrigerator and make two logs of that dough. If the chocolate dough is still too soft from the warm chocolate, refrigerate a few minutes longer. Refrigerate the logs for at least an hour or until very firm.
7. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use ungreased baking sheets with a nonstick surface or parchment paper.
8. Slice the logs with a sharp, serrated knife into 3/8-inch slices and place the slices on the cookie sheets. These cookies will spread so allow room on the sheets. Bake the cookies for ten or eleven minutes or until done. Immediately remove them to a wire rack to cool. The cookies will become crisp as they cool.
Keep the slices of uniform thickness so that they are uniformly baked.
Be sure to use a serrated knife to cut cleanly through the slivered almonds.
For uniformly round cookies, make sure that the log is chilled and firm and rotate the log on the cutting board between each slice. Any cookies that are out-of-round can be shaped by placing the cookie between the thumb and forefinger and pressing the edges to make the cookie round.
It's easier to judge whether the light-colored cookies are done than the dark. Place some of the light-colored cookies on each sheet to easily gauge when they are baked.
|Dennis Weaver -- having burnt food from Miami, Florida to Point Barrow, Alaska -- is RTA's road food expert. He has logged thousands of hours on the roads, trails, and waterways of America including many of Alaska's wilderness rivers and has consistently been elected the trips' "chief cook and bottle washer." Dennis is currently general manager at The Prepared Pantry, a company in Rigby, Idaho, that produces ready-to-eat meals and baking mixes packaged in Mylar. Weatherproof, bug-proof, and critter resistant, they're ideal for both roadtrips and back woods camping. Dennis may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.|