Dutch Letter Cookies

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These are delicious, tender, flaky cookies filled with almond paste. They are the first ones to disappear at our house during the holidays. You can shape them into any letter you desire, try spelling out names or greetings.

1
Servings:
12
Yield:
2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup butter, chilled

  • cup ice water

  • 8 ounces almond paste

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • cup granulated sugar for decoration

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together flour and salt. Cut in chilled butter until the texture of the mix is mealy with pea sized lumps.

  2. Add ice water gradually while stirring with a wooden spoon until dough forms a ball. Cover your dough and chill for 1/2 hour.

  3. To make filling, in a small bowl, mix together the almond paste and sugar. Add the egg and mix well.

  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C ).

  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness, making as square as possible. Cut the dough into strips 6 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide (about the width of a ruler). Using a pastry bag or a strong plastic bag with a small hole cut from the corner, pipe almond filling down the center of the strip starting halfway down. Fold the top half of the strip down over the almond filling to match the bottom.

  6. Shape strips into desired letters, brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. If you are using all butter in your recipe, check after 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

343 Calories
21g Fat
35g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 343
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 166mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 5g
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 96mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.