Alfajores de almendras

These are one of the several cookie recipes I will make again from Sharon Tyler Herbst’s The Joy of Cookies. A triple threat for someone allergic to tree-nuts, these cookies are packed with ground almonds, flavored with almond extract, and sprinkled with sliced almonds. They also have just enough vanilla and lemon zest to make for a really interesting medley of flavor. A soft cookie with crisp edges, their texture is pleasing too,

Ms. Tyler tells us this recipe comes from Bolivia. Alfajores are a Latin American and Spanish treat, and the word probably has Arabic roots, as does the delicacy which is baked in various forms almost wherever Spanish is the predominant language. The almendras bit is where the almonds come in.

I was just reminded that I volunteered to provide three dozen cookies at an event on Tuesday. I think I have more baking to do before then as I am not planning to share these!

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About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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