These Italian cookies and our Strawberries in Red Wine are an elegant end to a meal.
- Yield: Makes about 4 dozen cookies
Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2007
- 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup coarse cornmeal
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup blanched almonds, toasted
- 1 tablespoon water
- Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Immediately pour into a bowl, and stir in orange zest and rosemary. Let cool.
Combine flour, cornmeal, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat in 2 eggs, the vanilla, and the butter mixture. Stir in almonds.
Dampen hands, and form dough into a 13-by-2-inch log. Set on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Combine remaining egg with water. Brush dough with egg wash, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake, rotating sheet once, until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Reduce temperature to 200 degrees. Using a serrated knife, cut log on the diagonal into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets once, until dry and crisp, about 1 hour. Let cool.