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Almond Petits Fours

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
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

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

  • Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with parchment paper; coat the paper with cooking spray and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 325° for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Cut cake in half widthwise. Spread jam over one half; top with remaining half. Cut into assorted 1-1/2-in. shapes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 336 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (59g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • tweetydah
    Apr 6, 2015

    Definitely not for a portable mixer. My Cuisinart burned out after adding only 1 cup of confectioners' sugar.

  • ilaruth
    Mar 5, 2013

    Much too sweet and just a big mess.