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Almond Horns

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Our powdered-sugar-dusted butter cookie gets its crunchy, crumbly texture from finely ground toasted almonds -- and its name from its characteristic curve.

  • Yield: Makes 3 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2005

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted, plus more for dusting
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup whole raw almonds, toasted and finely ground in a food processor

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

  2. Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in egg and extracts. Reduce speed to low. Mix in flour mixture and almonds until just combined. Wrap dough in plastic; refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

  3. Roll 1 tablespoon of dough into a 4-inch log; gently shape into a horseshoe. Repeat with remaining dough. Transfer to baking sheets lined with parchment.

  4. Bake cookies (rotating sheets halfway through) until pale golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks using a spatula; let cool completely. Transfer to waxed paper. Sift sugar over cookies. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature 2 to 3 days.

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  • DeniseWebb
    19 SEP, 2010
    I agree Mykele! I seldom preheat oven until about 5 min. before I will use it. wastes energy.
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  • mykele
    19 SEP, 2010
    Here we go again preheating the oven.....This recipe takes about an hour with the chilling time added to the measuring and mixing...My oven heats up just fine while I am shaping the cookies and putting into the oven. I prefer energy saving when ever possible. Mykele
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  • CraftyMom94
    29 MAR, 2009
    These have been one of my favorite cookies since childhood. My mom called them "almond crescents" and only made them at Christmas.
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  • olivemeyer
    29 MAR, 2009
    I have been using this recipe for several years, since I first saw it in the magazine. They are wonderful....I give them for Christmas partially dipped in chocolate!
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  • olivemeyer
    29 MAR, 2009
    I have been using this recipe for several years, since I first saw it in the magazine. They are wonderful....I give them for Christmas partially dipped in chocolate!
    Reply
  • solberhl
    21 OCT, 2008
    Make sure the dough is cold or else you end up in a sticky mess!
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