If given the choice of any dessert I want, I almost always pick the cookie. I adore them. During the Holidays I tend to eat and bake so many cookies that I get a little tired of them and I can’t stand to make them until Spring is fully underway.
These cookies have a delicious secret hidden in them. A mixture of ground almonds, mini-chocolate chips, vanilla sugar, and cinnamon. I love little suprises like this in my desserts. People always think you slaved to make something so impressive, but I must confess … these are so easy to make! The dough is supple and easy to work with, and they hold the filling well.
Once baked they maintain their shape well, and once cool completly are sturdy little things. The dough is not terribly sweet, it is more like a pie dough than a cookie dough in many aspects, so the dusting of powdered sugar is a welcome addition. If you do not want to roll or dust your cookies, and often I feel that step is one step too many myself, feel free to add a tablespoon or two of additional sugar to the dough.
These cookies are crisp, buttery, delicate, and remarkable good. They keep for as many as five days in an air tight container on the counter.
Plus, they just look darn pretty!
Almond and Chocolate Filled Butter Cookies Yield 36 cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar (or 2 tabplesoons sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla)
1 cup salted butter
2 tablepsoons milk
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/3 cup vanilla sugar
3 tablespoons mini-chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons water
Powdered sugar for dusting
Heat the oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mix the almonds with the sugar, chocolate chips and water. Mix well and set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor add the flour, cinnamon, sugar, milk, water, and butter. Pulse the mixture until it forms a ball. You may need to add up to an additional tablespoon of water.
Roll the dough into a log about 18″ long, then cut into 1/2″ slices. Roll each slice into a ball.
Take one ball of doug, press your finger into the center, then shape the ball into a cup.
Fill each cup with a little of the filling then pinch the dough closed. Roll gently between your palms to round the ball and place seam side down on the prepared pans. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly golden. Cool completly on the pan.
Roll in powdered sugar before serving.
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