HEARTY ALMOND SHORTBREAD…How deep is your love?

“I am still convinced that a good, simple, homemade cookie is preferable to all the store-bought cookies one can find.”
James Beard
Almond Shortbread Hearts…delicious to the last crumb!

These are one of those cookies that disappear before you can say Jack Robinson! Very easy to make, non-demanding or challenging, & above all, full of taste! Great cut-out cookies! Perfect hearts for Valentines!

Nutty, Buttery & Crisp…goodness in every bite!

I made hearts & flowers since I love the flowers too, but you can make an assortment of graduated hears if you like…or heart cut-outs in larger cookies! These are cookies I make just at the whim of it. Not involved or bothersome, these are nutty ‘n’ buttery … a treat to have. I practically took under an hour to make these; some for a friend, & between the DH, the kids & their friends, the rest vanished! Boxed some for a friend with a quick card on top…

Ingredients:
Butter – 100gms
Castor Sugar – 5 tbsps / ground in coffee grinder
Flour – 1 1/2 cups
Almonds – 1/2 cup / ground in coffeee grinder with skins on
Almond Essence – 1 tsp
Extra castor sugar for sprinkling on top

Simple indulgence…

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
  • Beat the butter & almond essence with 5 tbsps of castor sugar. ( I do it by hand).
  • Mix in the flour & ground almonds together to make a firm dough.
  • Chill for 30 minutes if the dough is soft.
  • Roll out to 1/8″ thickness & cut out desired shapes. Sift castor sugar lightly on top.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes till golden brown.
  • Leave on cookie sheets for a minute & then cool on racks.
  • Drizzle with melted dark chocolate.
  • Store in an airtight container. These keep for upto 2 weeks.
  • Note: Makes about 2- 21/2 dozen cookies.

How deep is your love?

Pooja read this somewhere…” Spend your life such a way , so that when you get old you will have nice memories to cherish about “ & says, “Let us try to add one more such memorable day to our life and share here with others”. Onto building memories, this one is off to Pooja’s at ‘My Creative Ideas’ for her Valentine’s event.


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Comments

  1. i HAVE to know what oven you use. those cookies have been baked to such perfection. my OTG burns the base and the top is still uncooked :(

  2. Srivalli says:

    God Deeba..they are looking so gorgeous..i guess I wont’ have the heart to eat them..looking so pretty!

  3. Purnima says:

    Deep as the ocean! :D The hearts r sure to vanish, they look great! So do the others!

  4. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    You’ll never believe my oven Nags. Its an OLD Murphy Richards which I love & use every single day! The one odd day that it’s off gives me withdrawal symptoms..well almost!
    Thanks Sri, the good thing about these are that they aren’t too sweet.
    All gone Purnima…how right you were!:0)

  5. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    You’ll never believe my oven Nags. Its an OLD Murphy Richards which I love & use every single day! The one odd day that it’s off gives me withdrawal symptoms..well almost!
    Thanks Sri, the good thing about these are that they aren’t too sweet.
    All gone Purnima…how right you were!:0)

  6. Pooja says:

    That is such a nice entry Deeba :) . I love reading the post . They are looking so tempting. Truly “A passionate baker” you are :D. I was working on my post when got your entry , and couldn’t help myself to check your entry first , not to say still my post is pending :)) .

    I am glad to see that in the crowd of all the ongoing events you choose to send this to my event only ,Coz even when I myself cook something I find it suitable to one or another event and cant hold myself to participate it with other events too .
    Thats a pretty entry dear, and you truly add one more nice memory to my collection buddy ,Hugs to you .

  7. Madam Chow says:

    Lovely cookies – I’m going to be baking some tomorrow for Valentine’s Day here in the U.S.

  8. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    Pooja, this one was just for you coz I missed the last event! :0)
    Madam Chow…thanks for dropping by. The donuts you made look drop-dead delicious!!

  9. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    Pooja, this one was just for you coz I missed the last event! :0)
    Madam Chow…thanks for dropping by. The donuts you made look drop-dead delicious!!

  10. Deeba, your friends are so fortunate to have you. I am rushing to make these lovely cookies. You convinced me that they are easy to make. Let’s see!! (Did I ever say that I love all these sayings you add to your posts).

  11. Yum, I know these were delicious!

  12. Dwiana P says:

    good looking cookies and nice picture too:)

  13. Arfi Binsted says:

    such a simple way to entertain the loved ones. lovely-looking cookies!

  14. Deeba, I didn’t get to make the cookies yesterday because I didn’t have enough almonds but I made them today. Thanks for the recipe.
    Please follow the link
    http://kopiaste.blogspot.com/2008/02/almond-shortbread-cookies.html

  15. Pixie says:

    Hi Deeba,

    Ivy kindly directed me to your lovely blog. I’ve been searching for a simple and delicious cookie recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Pix

  16. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    Ivy…your cookies were great.Wish I had bitter almond essence too! Thanks for the link;You embarassed me!!
    Meeso,Dwiana,Arfi…thanks!
    Hi Pix..thanks for stopping by.Have you on my roll too. BTW, great brownies.:0)

  17. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    Ivy…your cookies were great.Wish I had bitter almond essence too! Thanks for the link;You embarassed me!!
    Meeso,Dwiana,Arfi…thanks!
    Hi Pix..thanks for stopping by.Have you on my roll too. BTW, great brownies.:0)

  18. Latha says:

    Hi Deeba,

    Finally i got around making these shortbreads that i had planned since a long long time. Me and my boy baked together day before and they are really simple. I had actually planned to send them to my mom but well sometimes i just can’t keep up promises. Wonder how you got this colour though… mine had the brown fleks from the almonds!

  19. Madhu G. says:

    Hi,

    These are such wonderful looking cookies..I stopped by to get someinformation on how to use my oven. And I just could not resist drooling at the cookies.

    I am here for some help with my Murphy Richards. I got one as a wedding gift but don’t know how to use it. It is a OTG 09 SS. There are no teperature settings on it. Could you throw some tips on how I can use the same. Or any help in this regard would be much appreciated.

    Cheers…

    Happy baking!!

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