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Almond Petits Fours Recipe

Almond Petits Fours Recipe

Dainty, bite-sized cakes are often the highlight of a ladies' luncheon. Our home economists share their mouthwatering version here.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (8 ounces) almond paste
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry spreadable fruit
  • GLAZE:
  • 4-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Assorted food coloring

Directions

  • 1. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with parchment paper; coat the paper with cooking spray and set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream the almond paste, butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in flour. Spread evenly into prepared pan.
  • 3. Bake at 325° for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 4. Cut cake in half widthwise. Spread jam over one half; top with remaining half. Cut into assorted 1-1/2-in. shapes.
  • 5. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, water and cream of tartar. Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 226°. Remove from the heat; cool at room temperature to 100°. Stir in extracts. Using a portable mixer, beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Tint glaze with food coloring.
  • 6. Gently dip petits fours, one at a time, into warm glaze. Remove with a fork; allow excess glaze to drip off. (If glaze becomes too thick, stir in 1 teaspoon hot water at a time to thin.) Place petits fours on wire racks over waxed paper; let dry completely. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 336 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 56 mg sodium, 67 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.