Joined: Feb. 2000
||Posted: Dec. 17 2008, 23:23
Tubular Bells Cookies
Back when I had a website, I had several different versions of this recipe posted. That was at least two computer crashes ago, and I cannot locate the file. I used to attempt to make them hollow, but kinda gave up on that. I like this recipe the best. It was adapted from a Kourabiedes recipe that a Greek friend gave me in college. Her mother ran a restaurant and used to make them by the truckload! You can add mini-chocolate chips to the dough, and omit the almonds and substitute vanilla flavoring. If you're going the chocolate route, don't add the clove (unless you really want to) , but if you're making them more traditionally, you can place a clove in the center for more flavor.
Sorry that this in in a quaint system of measurement not used by much of the world. /-:
1 c. clarified butter (I am not on staff at Land-o-Lakes and don't own company stock, but their butter seems to work the best, if you're in the US! ). Be sure to use unsalted. To clarify, melt and just use the yellow part. You may have to melt 3 sticks instead of 2 to achieve this depending on what kind of butter you've used. With LoL it is closer to 2. If you've used salted butter, you'll need to skim off the salt.
1/2 c. confectioner's sugar
1 egg yoke
1/2 t. almond flavoring
1/3 finely ground almonds
Mix those ingredients and add to them:
2 1/4 c. sifted flour
Rest the dough a few minutes. Very lightly grease the cookie sheets, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Scoop up a tablespoon or more in your hand, roll it into something tubular, pretend that you are a gorilla, and bend the thing. (-: OK...more gently. After you've prepared a sheet of cookies for baking, place a whole clove in the center of each one, if you so desire. Cookies will bake for 15 min. They shouldn't be brown on the bottom, just sandy-colored all over. After they cool, roll them in more confectioner's sugar. Keep in the clove until just before serving. The cookies store well in a tight container. The number you make depends on how big you want your tubular bells to be.
Good luck with them and enjoy!
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