Last week Molly O’Neill stopped by Charlotte Talks for a chat with Mike Collins. While she was here, she shared a recipe from her mom, Virginia. Molly tells us that her mother is a fabulous baker, and this recipe for French Almond Cookies is an O’Neill family holiday favorite. I don’t know about you guys, but I know what I’m baking this weekend!
Virginia’s French Almond Cookies1/2 pound (2 sticks) lightly salted butter, cut into chunks 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 1 tablespoon, honey 2 large eggs, well beaten 2 cups ground almonds 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup slivered almonds
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cream the butter and sugars until smooth. Stir in the honey, eggs, and ground almonds. Combine the flour with baking soda, then add to the butter mixture. Mix well.
2. Pinch off a piece of dough the size of a walnut (about 2 tablespoons). Roll it between your palms to form a cigar shape. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat, placing the cookies 2 inches apart. Push a slivered almond into the center of each cookie.
3. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool. Let the baking sheet cool and reline with parchment before shaping and baking more cookies.
Makes about 11 dozen cookies