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Almonds show up in everything these days from milk to butter. Martha invites almond expert, Priscilla Martel, to teach us about this versatile nut. Then, discover two very special recipes: an ice-cream truck inspired almond-crunch ice cream cake and a gorgeous old-fashioned gelatin dessert known as blancmange. Plus, baker Matt Lewis, makes tantalizing almond sandwich cookies.
This Week’s Recipe
Almond-Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
Make Martha Stewart's Almond-Shortbread Sandwich Cookies from the Almonds episode of Martha Bakes.
- 5 cups whole skin-on almonds
- 3 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 1/2 sticks (2 cups plus 4 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
- Cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until noticeably darkened and fragrant, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack; let cool completely.
- Pulse almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Measure
- 1 1/2 cups almonds into a medium bowl; set remainder aside. Add flour and salt to bowl; whisk to combine.
- In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter with confectioners’ sugar until smooth and well combined. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually add almond-flour mixture, beating until dough just comes together (do not overmix). Turn dough out onto a work surface and divide in half. Shape each half into a 12-inch log (about 1 3/4 inches in diameter); wrap each log in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
- Measure 1/2 cup reserved almonds onto a sheet of parchment; roll each log in nuts to coat. Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices, discarding ends. Transfer slices to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until edges are slightly browned, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks; let cool completely.
- Filling: Pulse remaining 3 cups reserved almonds and salt in a food processor on low speed, scraping down sides frequently. Mixture will look dry but continue pulsing until it reaches a smooth, spreadable consistency, 15 to 20 minutes.
- In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together 1 cup almond butter (reserve remaining 1/2 cup for another use), confectioners’ sugar, and butter until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip.
- Pipe a small amount of filling onto bottoms of half the cookies, then sandwich with remaining cookies. Filled cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
Yield: 42 cookies
Additional recipes and video clips from the episode are available on MarthaStewart.com: