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Almond Butter Wreaths Recipe

Almond Butter Wreaths            


1 cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon rind grated
2 teaspoons orange rind grated
2 teaspoons anise seeds crushed in mortar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups ground almonds
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
sliced almonds
candied cherries cut up

Chocolate Glaze:

1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate
1 teaspoon butter


Cream butter with sugar; beat in peels, anise seeds and salt. Gradually beat in ground almonds, flour and egg yolks. Divide dough in half; beat cocoa into one half. Shape dough into narrow ropes; cut into 6-inch lengths and form into rings. . Decorate with sliced almonds and cherries. Place on greased baking sheet; bake in preheated 375F. oven 8 to 10 minutes, or until light golden on bottom. Cool on wire racks. Drizzle Chocolate Glaze over cookies. Let dry.

Chocolate Glaze: Melt chocolate with butter in saucepan, stirring over low heat.

Makes 40

NOTE: To grind your own almonds, start with 6 ounces whole blanched almonds (about 1 1/4 cups). Grind half at a time, stop-and-go fashion, in electric blender.

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