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Typical almond cookies

The almond cookies are “a must” of the Sicilian culinary tradition. They are prepared with the Almond paste, called “pasta reale” in Sicily (King’s paste). The legend wants that the recipe was created in the XII century in the convent of the “Martorana” in Palermo and that his name is due to his goodness (worthy of a King!). These fantastic cookies are as good as easy to do! Accompany them with a good tea, coffee or a glass of Marsala, the typical Sicilian sweet wine.

Ingredients

2 cups + 2 tbsp (200 gr) almond flour
1 cup + 10 tbsp (200 gr) powdered sugar
3 large egg whites
1/2 orange
1/2 lemon
10 maraschino cherries
3 drops pure vanilla extract

Sift the powdered sugar. Mix the sugar with the almond flour in a large bowl. Add the grated zest of half lemon and half orange into the bowl, 3 drops of vanilla extract, and mix all the ingredients with the whites of 3 large eggs lightly beaten.
Work the dough until it is compact and homogeneous, then pour it into a pastry bag provided with a large decorating tip. Place the pastry bag into the refrigerator 20 minutes.
Line a drip pan with parchment paper. With the pastry bag, form cookies about 2 inches wide right on the parchment paper ( if you want a ball cookies use your hands!), add half Maraschino Cherry on the top of each cookie then put the drip pan in the fridge for at least 8 hours (it’s easy prepare the almond cookies the night before for the following day!). The rest in the fridge is critical because the cookies don’t sag while cooking.
When the almond cookies are ready to be cooked, set the oven to 350° F and bake the cookies by taking them directly from the fridge. Bake the cookies 10-15 minutes, turning the dripping pan halfway through cooking, until they are golden brown. To complete the cooking, operate the broil a few minutes, being careful not to burn the cookies! The almond cookies should be crispy outside and soft inside.

Serve the almond cookies with a good tea, coffee or a glass of Italian Marsala wine!

Thanks for recipes: www.philosokitchen.com/sicilian-almond-cookies/