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Almond Stars

The children all have some very important jobs that need to be carried out on Christmas Eve. One is sprinkling special reindeer food in the garden that sparkles so that the reindeer can see it from the moonlit sky; another is hanging a ‘magic’ Key on the Christmas tree outside so Santa can get in to deliver the gifts as we don’t have an open fireplace and of course it is imperative we leave a nice plate of cookies with milk for Santa & clementines for Rudolph, (it used to be a nice big carrot until we learned that carrots gave reindeer dreadful wind which isn’t good for Santa or the environment!!)

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Last years offerings
We tend to make lots of cookies in the build up to the festive season, it’s so important that we bake and test them in order to find the perfect one for Santa’s visit!
These Almond Stars are the first of this years cookie tasters. The recipe comes from the 2009 issue of Ideal Home’s Complete Guide to Christmas. These are lovely little biscuits to have with a cup of coffee, I’m not convinced however that they’d be top of the list for Santa, the children weren’t overly fond of them.
Almond Stars 
Ingredients
155g/5 ½ oz Plain Flour
90g/3  ¼ oz Butter
30g/1oz Ground Almonds
45g/1 ½ oz Caster Sugar
1 Egg
1tsp Almond Extract
Icing Sugar to dust
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/GM 4 and line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
  • Sift the flour into a bowl, and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the ground almonds, sugar, egg, almond extract and 1tbsp cold water to form a dough.
  • Knead on a lightly floured surface, roll out thinly and cut out star shapes, re roll the leftover  dough and cut out some more, repeat until you have used all of the dough.
  • Arrange the stars on the baking sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly coloured at the edges, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
VLUU L200  / Samsung L200
Almond Stars

Despite the children being less than enthusiastic, I can assure you, these are delicious.

 

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2 thoughts on “Almond Stars

  1. I am watching the cookie testing with interest – I shall be taking your advice on board as to what to feed to the big fella – this is very important research and thanks for the heads up on the carrot – that is brand new information!

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  2. Thank you for your comment Amee! Knowing my kids, they'll settle on shortbread again this year, the cookie testing does ensure that the biscuit tin stays full all the time though, they only think they're a step ahead of me really……….lol 🙂
    My daughter read the carrot info in a newspaper last christmas, and was very insistent on the clementine replacement – Christmas Eve wouldn't be a good time for Santa to pass out!!

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