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Serves : 2 Dozen
Recipe: foodandwine.com
By LUISA WEISS 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • 7 ounces almond paste
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 24 walnut halves, toasted

Steps

Step 1    

In a food processor, pulse the flour with the granulated sugar and salt. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal with some pea-size pieces remaining. Add the egg and vanilla and pulse until the dough just comes together. Scrape out onto a work surface and pat into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Step 2    

Preheat the oven to 350° and line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, stamp out cookies as close together as possible, then transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Gather the scraps, re-roll and stamp out more cookies. You should have a total of 48.

Step 3    

Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes, until golden; rotate the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Step 4    

In a small saucepan, warm the jam over moderate heat, stirring, until runny, about 3 minutes. Brush a thin layer of jam on 24 of the cookies and top with the remaining cookies.

Step 5    

In a medium bowl, combine the almond paste with the confectioners’ sugar and knead until blended. Roll out the almond paste 1/8 inch thick between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, stamp out 24 rounds. Brush the top of each cookie sandwich with another thin layer of jam and top with the rounds of almond paste.

Step 6    

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate at high power in 30-second bursts until just melted. Stir until smooth. Dip the top of each sandwich cookie in the chocolate, just enough to coat the almond paste; transfer to the baking sheet. Top each cookie with a walnut half. Let the chocolate set before serving.

Make Ahead

The cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container between wax paper for up to 5 days.