Monday, April 7, 2008

Almond-Orange Shortbread

I made these for book club a couple of weeks ago (we read Austenland and I wanted something British-y). They are delicious and just might be my new favorite non-chocolate cookie. The original recipe comes from Everyday Food Magazine.

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
grated zest of 1 orange (about 2 teaspoons)
3/4 cup sliced almonds

1. In a mixer bowl, beat butter, sugar, almond extract, and salt until smooth. With mixer on low speed, add flour and orange zest; mix just until a dough forms. With a wooden spoon, rubber spatula, or your hands, gently mix in almonds.
2. On a piece of waxed paper, form dough in a rectangular log, 12 inches long, 2 1/2 inches wide, and 1 inch thick. Wrap log in the paper, and freeze until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 3 months. If freezing longer than one day, wrap log again, in plastic wrap.
3. Preheat oven to 325. Remove dough from freezer. (If dough has been in the freezer a long time and is frozen solid, let sit at room temperature 30 minutes so it slices without crumbling.)
4. With a sharp knife, cut dough into 1/4-inch slices; place on ungreased baking sheet at least 1 inch apart. Bake until edges just begin to turn golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet; transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.


Naomi said...

Yummmm! I just might have to give this recipe a try. Sounds so good.

Anonymous said...

This looks mighty tasty. British indeed.