Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Black and White Almond Cookies

We have Netflix at our house and I get on a series watching kick.  The most recent has been 'Hart of Dixie'.  Its adorable!  In the show it talks about these black and white cookies from New York that are supposedly amazing and got me wanting cookies so bad!  While I've never been to New York or tasted the originals, this is our version.  Donna made the cookies which are a yummy buttery, almondy shortbread type of cookie and I found the frosting recipes that worked perfect for these cookies.

Almond shortbread cookie
1 1/3 c flour
3 T. sugar
1/2 c. butter
2 tsp. almond extract
1 T. water

In a medium bowl combine flour and sugar. using a pastry cutter cut in the butter till mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling.  Sprinkle almond extract and water.  Form the mixture into a ball and knead till smooth.  On a lightly floured surface roll dough to 1/2 inch thick use 1 1/2 inch round cookie cutter to cut rounds.  Place on a cookie sheet bake for 20-25 minutes @ 325* on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Chocolate Glaze
3/4 oz unsweetened chocolate, coarsley chopped
3/4  oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 T. butter
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 T. boiling water, plus additional as needed
1 T. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract.  

Melt the chocolates and butter in a bowl microwaving in 20 second bursts.  mixing after each. Stirring until smooth.  add the sugar alternately with the water.  Stir in corn syrup and vanilla.  beat well with a wooden spoon until smooth.  

Vanilla Glaze
1 c powdered sugar
1-2 T. hot water
1 T. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients until smooth.

------- After the cookies completely cool on a wire rack.  Frost each cookie, half with chocolate, the other half with vanilla and put back on wire rack to set.  The frosting should set quickly without to much run off.
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