10.06.2012

Cream Cheese Almond Cookies


I wouldn't exactly call this a Christmas cookie, although I tagged the recipe last holiday season and see no reason it couldn't make it's way to your Christmas cookie tray. It's just the ingredients were in my pantry and I was in the mood for some cookies while packing, so I made them the other day. An unassuming little cookie, they're just perfect with a cup of tea or a little pick-me-up midday with a small glass of milk. They'd also make a nice hostess gift. They're comforting. Do you know what I mean? Nothing unusual, just simple and delicious.

Cream Cheese Almond Cookie


Ingredients: 
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, soften
3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg white
1 cup almond slices, lightly toasted

Method:
Whisk together flour and salt in a large bowl, set aside.
Put butter and cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer fitter with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Mix in sugar and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.
Transfer dough to a work surface. Divide in half, and shape each half into a log about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap each log in plastic wrap, freeze until firm, about 30 minutes or up to 2 weeks.
Preheat oven to 350F. Unwrap one log, lightly brushed with egg white, and roll in almond slices, coating completely. Cut into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Space one inch apart on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake cookies, rotating halfway through, until golden around edges, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on wire racks.
Repeat with the remaining log.

                                                                

31 comments:

  1. They sound like they might be a perfect antidote for all the over the top Christmas flavours.

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  2. The almonds on the edges make this cookie so sophisticated. Would be lovely served with espresso at the end of an elegant meal.
    Sam

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  3. For an assuming cookie they do pack a punch. They look pretty too.

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  4. These cookies sound addictively delicious!

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  5. I see this as the perfect Christmas Cookie - I don't like to spend a lot of time fussing with cookies, and these look very festive, without a lot of work.

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  6. Are they ever pretty also..Thank you Barbara.

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  7. Beautiful! I'm sure they are extremely moreish...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. No doubt these are delicious. It is the simplicity of these cookies that make them elegant. Beautiful.

    Velva

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  9. Ah Barbara absolutely delicious look pretty!:)

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  10. Barbara, these cookies look amazing. Wish I could have a couple right now.

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  11. Anything with almonds is comforting to me :) These do sound like a tasty little treat, Barbara. They are very pretty too!

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  12. "Pantry cookies" (or any kind of pantry food) are sometimes the best. I love using up ingredients I have on hand!

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  13. They sound like a perfect Sunday treat to me Barbara. I am going to make these tomorrow! I don't know why, but I find myself making something sweet every Sunday.
    I'll let you know what my waistline thinks of them : )
    hugs from here...

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  14. i love that cookies..

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  15. A friend of my mothers (who was terribly fancy) often served cookies like this when you dropped by her house, made by her grumpy but talented cook. I thought they were the height of sophistication with their almond collars but haven't thought about them in years... what a delight.

    Hope your packing is going well!

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  16. A friend of my mothers (who was terribly fancy) often served cookies like this when you dropped by her house, made by her grumpy but talented cook. I thought they were the height of sophistication with their almond collars but haven't thought about them in years... what a delight.

    Hope your packing is going well!

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  17. A friend of my mothers (who was terribly fancy) often served cookies like this when you dropped by her house, made by her grumpy but talented cook. I thought they were the height of sophistication with their almond collars but haven't thought about them in years... what a delight.

    Hope your packing is going well!

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  18. A friend of my mothers (who was terribly fancy) often served cookies like this when you dropped by her house, made by her grumpy but talented cook. I thought they were the height of sophistication with their almond collars but haven't thought about them in years... what a delight.

    Hope your packing is going well!

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  19. I'm sold just over the title of this recipe. Barbara, I've been thinking about you. I hope your move is stress free.... if thats possible. :)

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  20. so pretty, and just perfect for the holidays coming up!

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  21. Yet another recipe to try. Maybe I'll have time this week...

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  22. i do love some toasted almonds, and cream cheese does a nice thing to a batch of cookies!

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  23. Simple and delicious sounds perfect for any occasion! No need for cookies to be fancy to be fabulous. :)

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  24. These cookies must taste like magic :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  25. I know exactly what you mean Barbara! sometimes you just need some simple, honest and tasty old cookie like this one!

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  26. They're so pretty though with those edges. I think they'd be great for Christmas!

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  27. Yes..these would be perfect with a glass of milk!!!

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  28. Looks like my kind of cookie.
    Mimi

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  29. I love the addition of crunchy almonds,Barbara!Wonderful cookies.

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  30. These do look like great cookies for a gift! Simple and delicious cookies are the best.

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  31. It's awesomely delicious and very elegant.

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