Almond Paste Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. almond paste
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 5 egg whites

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer, whisk egg whites until foamy.
  3. Grate almond paste on a cheese grater over a sheet of wax paper and mix almond paste with the powdered sugar.
  4. Add whisked eggs to the paste and mix.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the flour and baking powder.  Add to the almond paste and mix.
  6. Drop by teaspoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
  8. Cut maraschino cherries in half and press into center of each cookie while still warm.  If decorating with slivered almond or pine nuts, roll in nuts before baking.
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