For those of you who have subscribed because you were interested in my Costa Rican adventures, although I am back in Canada, there will be more posts to come. I flew back just about 2 weeks ago now, but I was busy getting over some weird cold/flu-like illness, visiting family, and moving myself and my cat 1700 km from my parents’ back to Vancouver Island. After 3 days unpacking now I am back to work at the tree nursery. So as you can see, I haven’t had time for blogging yet.
But since Christmas is just “5 more sleeps away” as I just heard on the radio, I thought I’d interrupt the Costa Rican posts with some baking.
Years ago, my sister Pamela gave me a gift tag that was also a recipe card for these cookies. They are one of my favourite Christmas cookies as they are soft, only slightly sweet, and deliciously almond-flavoured. The originals are crescent-shaped but every time I make them that way they look funny. So this time (to take for my first day back at work) I just made them round. (A coworker asked me if I walked off the plane and started baking– not quite! But I have been baking-deprived for a while so I was eager to start! )
(makes about 30 cookies)
1/2 of a 250-g package cream cheese, softened
6 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar or evaporated cane juice
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds, finely chopped
icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar) for dusting
Place cream cheese, butter, sugar, and extracts in a medium mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer until well blended. Add flour and baking soda; mix well. Stir in almonds. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll dough into 1″ balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to cooling racks; sprinkle with powdered sugar using a sifter or sieve.
My other favourite Christmas cookies are my family’s whipped shortbread.
What are some of your favourite Christmas cookies?