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Murcian Almond Cookie Recipe - Galletas Murcianas

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Galletas Murcianas - Murcian Cookies

Galletas Murcianas - Murcian Cookies

Lisa Sierra (c) 2010 Licensed to About.com Inc.
These shiny, golden and traditional almond cookies originate in Murcia, a small province on the eastern coast of Spain. With a mix of ground almonds, anise and orange juice, they are flavorful. Our version of the recipe contains olive oil. Buy blanched, peeled almonds and the prep time is only 15 minutes. These Murcian Cookies are a quick and easy cookie recipe to take to a potluck or holiday party.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies (3-inch)

Ingredients:

  • 7 oz (200 gr) almonds + 60 almonds for decorating
  • 18 oz (500 gr) white flour
  • 8 oz (250 gr) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 8 oz (125 ml) anis liqueur
  • 8 oz (125 ml) orange juice
  • 3 oz (100 ml) olive oil
  • 3 oz (100 ml) honey to drizzle on top

Preparation:

Substitution Note: Anise-flavored liqueur can be purchased at most liquor stores and some gourmet supermarkets. If you cannot find it in your area, substitute 2 shot glasses of vodka and 1 1/2 tsp of anise extract.

Preheat the oven to 400F (180C).

Warm the olive oil in a microwave or small saucepan on very low heat for 1-2 minutes.

If using unpeeled almonds: Blanche, then peel the almonds. How to Make Blanched Almonds from About's Greek Food Site.

Separate 60 almonds to use as decoration and set aside. Put the rest in the food processor and whirl until most are finely chopped.

Place ground almonds and flour into a medium size mixing bowl and mix. Add the sugar, baking powder, anise and orange juice, and mix well. Pour in the warm olive oil and mix until the oil has been absorbed into the dough.

Spoon the cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet and flatten slightly. Press 2 peeled almonds into the top of each cookie.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the cookies have turned a deep golden color. Allow to cool. Drizzle honey on top, then serve.

Alternative Flavoring: Use 2 shot glasses vodka and 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract instead of the anise to give cookies a rich almond flavor.

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