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Austrian Nut Cookies

 Austrian Nut Cookies
These are my family's favorite Christmas cookies. If you arrange the slivered almonds in pinwheel fashion, the cookie looks like a poinsettia. —Marianne Weber, South Beach, Oregon
20 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • Slivered almonds


  • In a bowl, combine flour, chopped almonds and sugar. Cut in butter
  • until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Form into a ball; cover and
  • refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • On a floured surface, roll the dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a
  • 2-in. round cutter and place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° for 7-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly
  • browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Spread 1/2
  • teaspoon jam on half of the cookies; top with another cookie.
  • For frosting, combine chocolate, confectioners' sugar and butter.
  • Spread on tops of cookies. Decorate with slivered almonds. Yield: 20
  • sandwich cookies.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 146 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 58 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.