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The Demon Oven

January 6, 2014

Thank God the holidays are over. I can finally stop baking.

Melt in your mouth shot of perfect Almond Cookies for those who prefer perfection in a blog

Who am I kidding?  I never stop baking.  Here’s proof. I just stayed up until 12:30 a.m. baking cookies for my sister-in-law’s birthday. Today is January 6th. Her birthday was October 7th.

But that’s why I had to bake cookies, I rationalized. This way she’ll know she’s special even though I’m three months late. They’re restitution cookies.  Some people grovel with flowers and candy, I grovel with cookies.  It made sense, and since I missed every birthday in my family this year, I had lots of restitution cookies to catch up on. I mailed them out at Christmas and this is my last batch.

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My apartment oven…with a thermostat reminiscent of the fires of hell.

I wanted them to be perfect because when they’re perfect, they’re really good. But my restitution’s been thwarted by my demon oven.

It’s not my oven, it’s my apartment’s oven and I hate it. It burns my cookies. I have to make sure I turn the temperature down and bake for less time when I bake. I always have to second guess the oven. It stinks.

Particularly since I used to have a wonderful kitchen with double ovens and convection and a cooktop to die for… it was heaven. But that was before the divorce. There’s not a lot that I miss about that time, but I sure do miss that kitchen.

So, I’m naming the apartment oven Satan. You can see the photo of Satan, the nice cookies and the Satanic cookies. I think it’s important for people to see that not everyone with a baking blog is perfect all the time. Quite frankly, perfection is suspicious.

Be very suspicious of people who post only perfection.

So, just know that the cookies… when baked in a good oven (which the first batch was because I went to Costco and sprang for a nice little Oster Convection Oven/Toaster) turned out great. In a Satanic oven, all bets are off.

The cookies are almond cookies that my mom and I created. We got the recipe out of an old cookbook years ago. It was for Almond Tea Cookies. We turned them into Almond flavored cookies with almond icing and a sliver of Maraschino cherry on top. They melt in your mouth.

And even if they burn like mine did, they’re still good because they’re crunchy,  just not as beautiful.

They’re easy and tasty. Here’s the recipe:

Almond Cookies

Yields1 Serving

 1 cup butter (not unsalted)
 1 cup sugar
 2 egg yolks
 2 cups flour
 1 tsp almond extract
Almond Frosting
 1 tbsp butter
 1 cup powdered sugar
 1 tbsp whipping cream
 ½ tsp almond extract
 salt to taste
 maraschino cherries (quartered)

1

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and almond extract. Blend well, then add flour. Mix thoroughly.

2

Form into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten balls to 1/4 inch thick with the flat bottom of a floured glass. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes. Frost and top with cherry slice when cooled.

3

Melt butter, stir in powdered sugar, cream, milk, almond flavoring and salt. Whisk until completely smooth. Frost cookies with icing and place a 1/4 sliver of maraschino cherry on top.

Ingredients

 1 cup butter (not unsalted)
 1 cup sugar
 2 egg yolks
 2 cups flour
 1 tsp almond extract
Almond Frosting
 1 tbsp butter
 1 cup powdered sugar
 1 tbsp whipping cream
 ½ tsp almond extract
 salt to taste
 maraschino cherries (quartered)

Directions

1

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and almond extract. Blend well, then add flour. Mix thoroughly.

2

Form into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten balls to 1/4 inch thick with the flat bottom of a floured glass. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes. Frost and top with cherry slice when cooled.

3

Melt butter, stir in powdered sugar, cream, milk, almond flavoring and salt. Whisk until completely smooth. Frost cookies with icing and place a 1/4 sliver of maraschino cherry on top.

Almond Cookies with a Cherry or “Mix Trootfully Cookies”
  • Reply
    Mary
    April 19, 2014 at 6:41 am

    You are making me hungry Fran! I sure do remember those cookies.

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      April 19, 2014 at 7:52 am

      They are easy and pretty yummy. I’ll make you some next time I’m home.

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