Sunday, February 9, 2014

Made with Love: Stamped Almond Shortbread Cookies

made with love ♥ pink almond shortbread cookies from @bakeat350
I let out a little squeal when I first pressed this stamp into my cookie dough.  How *cute* is that?

made with love ♥ pink almond shortbread cookies from @bakeat350
Let me tell you about the cookie recipe first: almond shortbread.  The recipe is simple and straightforward...and it contains no eggs or baking powder that might make the cookie too poofy to hold the impression from the stamp.

The cookies may be simple, but don't be fooled; they are fabulous!  Buttery, almond-y(?), and slightly salty...my husband declared these some of his favorite cookies ever.  Even it you don't plan to use the cookie stamps, I beg you to try these, just flattening out the dough with a glass.

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The stamps are from World Market.  I picked mine up at my local store, but they're available online, too.  Yay!

made with love ♥ pink almond shortbread cookies from @bakeat350
You can see that the cookies do poof a bit in the oven, but I still think you can see the imprint just fine.  If a little poof bothers you, (a.) please don't look at my midsection, and (b.) try replacing some of the butter with shortening.  I baked these right after stamping, and also tried popping them in the freezer for 10 minutes prior to baking...the freezing made no difference.

made with love ♥ pink almond shortbread cookies from @bakeat350

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Stamped Almond Shortbread Cookies

{makes 15}

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
electric pink food coloring
2 & 1/3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, plus more for dipping the stamps

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment.  Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, salt and sugar together until fluffy.  Beat in the almond extract and pink food coloring.

PINK(!) almond shortbread dough
{You'll want the dough to be fairly bright at this stage, as the flour will mute the color a bit.}

On low speed, add in the flour, mixing until combined.

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Spoon some flour onto a plate for dipping the stamps (or the bottom of a glass) before pressing into the dough.  Use a pastry brush to brush off the excess.

made with love ♥ pink almond shortbread cookies from @bakeat350
Roll the dough into 2" balls.  Press the floured stamps into the balls of dough.

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Trim off the excess if desired.

Bake for 12 minutes.  Let cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

{Adapted from King Arthur Flour Essential Shortbread}

made with love ♥ pink almond shortbread cookies from @bakeat350
♥Made with Love♥



23 comments:

  1. Those look wonderful, Bridget. I love those stamps and am going to order them. What a fun thing. The good thing about that recipe is that it seems that the imprint does not bake out of the cookie. xo Diana

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  2. Awwww they look so adorable.. so hand made, so vintage. You can make your own Stamps with some Clay and a bit of creativity

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  3. So darn cute!! Oh my gosh, I NEED these stamps. They are so fun!

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  4. I received the "Home Made" stamp as a holiday gift. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration!

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  5. Cuteness overload! Love these soooo much! xoxo

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  6. Oh my goodness, I cannot even handle how adorable these are!!!!

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  7. I have seen those stamps and debated about buying them, but now my mind is made up:) So cute! Anything baked with almond extract in it is the best, so I will have to try this recipe.

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  8. So sweet. I am digging shortbread cookies lately!

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  9. These cannot possibly be any cuter, Bridget! I love how simple and clean they are, yet they make such a beautiful impression. Those cookie stamps are a must-try!

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  10. Thank you for an easy recipe, I actually think I can make these. Love the stamp. Fabulous photos.

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  11. I always look at those stamps and walk away never being able to figure out what to do with them, Thanks for sharing!

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  12. "Please don't look at my midsection..." bwahaahaaaahaha and I just spit out my coffee! :D

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  13. Bridget, these are wild. I love them! I have some cookie stamps and will be trying these. YUM!

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  14. These are so cute Bridget!! I'm going to have to look for this stamp next time I'm at World Market!

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  15. There are beyond adorable!!

    xo,
    www.bakemestyle.com

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  16. I fell in love with these cookies so much I went to World Market to get the stamp. Once I made them the stamp completely disappeared while baking. My girls were so sad not to see the stamp once they were done baking. I don't know were it went wrong but I followed your recipe. :(

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    1. I'm sorry that happened. Hmmm...I did press down pretty forcefully with the stamp...you really have to in order to get the balls of dough to spread completely. Did you make any substitutions to the ingredients?

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  17. These are adorable-great idea!

    http://www.thelipstickchannel.com

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