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An All-American 4th of July: Almond Butter Melts

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I think my favorite holiday may be the 4th of July. It gives me a chance to not only run around grilling to my hearts content without people thinking I am a mad man playing with fire and knives, but it gives me a chance to delve into what is considered to be true-blue (or true red/white and blue) American cooking. It's fun and that really is what cooking should be all about.

In this series called An All-American 4th of July, we will have some fun with some true American cooking. It will be tasty! It will be easy and it will give you a chance to celebrate the birth of the greatest nation on the face of this earth while filling your stomach with delicious morsels of Americana!

Not only are these an incredible All-American cookie, they are also a cookie made for today's hectic lifestyle. You can make the dough and keep it chilled until you're ready to make fresh homemade cookies! This is also one of those cookies made to be served with homemade ice cream.

If you happen to be a cookie aficionado, I think you might find these little precious rounds of buttery flavor to be just this side of ecstasy. They are extremely easy to prepare, only have a couple of ingredients and the time it takes to go from oven to mouth is only about 12 minutes.

I might also add these cookies store wonderfully well so yeah, make a plethora of them!

As previously mentioned, these do go great with ice cream so down below the recipe we'll give you some links for homemade ice cream recipes which we use at Casa de Cuisine.

Ingredients needed to make Almond Butter Melts (makes about 50 cookies):

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cubes butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla
  • Heavy cream for brushing
  • Ground almonds for rolling

Steps:

  1. Into a mixer place the flour, butter, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla and beat until well incorporated.
  2. Remove the dough and place on the counter. Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and chill about 2 hours.
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and line the bottom of a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Unwrap the logs of dough and brush each with the heavy cream.
  5. Roll the logs into the ground almonds (pressing firmly so the almonds adhere).
  6. Slice the logs into little rounds and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Place in the oven and bake 12 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack before devouring them!

The new cookbook from Chef Larry Edwards is now available from Amazon.com and bookstores worldwide. One of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year, "Edwardian Cooking: Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals."

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