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These "S"-shaped super flaky butter pastries filled with almond paste and topped with crunchy sugar are popular in both Iowa and Holland during the Christmas season. Here's a recipe that will let you make and enjoy them all year round. —Shirley De Lange, Byron Center, Michigan
28 ServingsPrep: 50 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


  • 1 can (8 ounces) almond paste
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
  • DOUGH:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cold butter
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons water


  • In a large bowl, beat the almond paste, sugar, egg and extract until
  • smooth. Divide into four portions. On lightly floured waxed paper,
  • roll each portion into a 12-in. x 1/2-in. rope; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in butter until crumbly.
  • Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.
  • Divide into four portions.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion into a 14-in. x
  • 6-in. rectangle. Place one almond paste rope in the center of each
  • rectangle. Moisten long edges of dough; fold over filling. Press
  • seam to seal; tuck in ends.
  • Transfer seam side down to greased baking sheets; form each into an

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Directions (continued)

  • S-shape. Whisk egg white and water; brush over dough. Using a fork,
  • prick tops at 1-in. intervals to vent.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on
  • wire racks. To serve, cut into 2-in. pieces. Yield: 28 pastries.
Nutritional Facts: 1 pastry equals 248 calories, 16 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 182 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.