Almond Shortbread: Round and Rich
Almond Shortbread, a variation of traditional shortbread, deviates
just a bit from the cookie’s time-honored ingredient ratio of one part sugar,
two parts butter, and three parts white flour. This particular version is heavy
on the butter. Almonds thicken the dough and make it even
Shortbread was traditionally formed into rounds for baking,
then cut into wedges. That's why you can mimic this tradition by baking shortbread in a tart pan or spring form pan. It's easy! Use the heel of your hand or an angled spatula to spread the dough evenly.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 55-60 minutes
Makes about 18-24 triangular wedges
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature, cut
2 teaspoons almond extract
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2-3 tablespoons coarse or raw sugar
- Preheat oven to 325ºF.
- Place 2/3 cup granulated sugar and ½ cup of sliced almonds in food
processor with steel blade. Pulse the ingredients until the mixture resembles
coarse sand. Add butter, almond extract, and salt. Pulse until
mixture is smooth and creamy. Add flour, a bit at a time, and continue to pulse
to make a soft dough.
- Scrape the dough into a 9-inch spring form pan or tart pan
with a removable bottom. Use your fingertips to press the dough evenly on the
bottom of the pan. Smooth the dough surface with an angled spatula dipped in
- Sprinkle the shortbread surface
liberally with coarse or raw sugar, followed by remaining ½ cup of sliced almonds. Use the back of a flat spatula to press almonds into the the surface.
- Bake the shortbread for 55-60 minutes until the shortbread
is golden brown and set. Remove the shortbread from the oven. Score the shortbread surface while it is still hot. Allow it to cool
- Remove the sides of the spring form pan or the tart pan. Use
a large serrated knife to cut the shortbread into wedges along the scored lines.
- Store shortbread in an airtight container with waxed paper
in between layers.
A Special Baking Tip
from The Elf
You can store Almond Shortbread wedges in an airtight
container for up to 5 days. (But they won’t last that long.)
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