Rosemary, Almond and Parmesan Cocktail Cookies
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS
- SERVINGS: Makes about 5 dozen bite-size cookies
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (1 ounce)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, diced
- 2 large egg yolks, beaten
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the almonds in a pie plate and toast for about 10 minutes, until golden. Turn off the oven and let the almonds cool.
- In a bowl, rub the sugar with the rosemary until moist and aromatic. In a food processor, combine the rosemary sugar with the almonds, flour, cheese and salt and pulse until the almonds are coarsely chopped. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the egg yolks and pulse until large clumps of dough form.
- Transfer the dough to a work surface and knead gently until it just comes together. Divide the dough in half and press each piece into a disk. Roll out each disk between 2 sheets of wax paper to about 1/4 inch thick. Slide the wax paper–covered disks onto a baking sheet and freeze for at least 1 hour, until very firm.
- Preheat the oven to 350° and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with one piece of dough at a time, peel off the top sheet of wax paper. Using a 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, stamp out cookies as close together as possible. Arrange the cookies about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes, until lightly golden; shift the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 3 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
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