This Easter weekend, my husband was just flipping through the paper when he came across this Easter cookie recipe; he brought it over to me and just mentioned it might interest me to try it out. I was flattered for two reasons a. by his thoughtfulness b. this means he really likes my cookies ;). Needless to say I was simply floored and immediately started copying it to my journal. The recipe mentioned ingredients in metric measures which I converted to US standard measures.
The recipe mentioned 2 cups of cake flour. I substituted cake flour with all-purpose flour and cornflour.
Flour - 1 1/2 cups
Corn Flour - 4 tbsp
Almonds - 1/4 cup
Baking powder - 1 pinch
Butter (softened at room temp) -125g (between 1/2 cup to 5/8 cup)
Icing Sugar - 3/4 cup + some icing sugar for dusting
Egg Yolk - 1
Vanilla Essence - 1/2 tsp
Preheat the oven to 180 C. Soak the almonds in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove the skin and roast the almonds in the oven for 10 minutes, on a baking tray, rearranging the nuts every few minutes. Remove from oven; let the nuts cool down and chop coarsely. (I chopped them fine so my daughter doesn't choke on the nuts).
In a large bowl, sift the flour, cornflour and baking powder. Add the chopped almonds to this mix and keep aside. I had run-out of cornflour and hence I used Vanilla flavored custard powder. So I reduced the vanilla essence to just a couple of drops instead of 1/2 tsp.
In another large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the icing sugar and beat well until fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla essence and continue beating for 1-2 minutes.
Add the flour to this mixture until combined.
Take a tablespoon of the dough and shape it into a crescent with the palm of the hand. Place these on an un-greased baking sheet 1" apart. Bake for 15 minutes until the cookies are pale golden brown in color.
Remove from the oven and cool them on a rack. While the cookies are still hot, dust them with icing sugar twice.
Let the cookies cool completely and store in an airtight container. This recipe makes 24 cookies. One batch was still in the oven and a couple of cookies disappeared even while they were cooling down, before I could get the snapshot. Folks at home loved these cookies as they appear crisp on the outside and just melt in the mouth.