Saturday, May 23, 2009

Marina's Almond Paste Creations

1 lb almond paste at room temperature
1/2 lb margarine
1/2 lb butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup egg whites (approx 7 large eggs)
6 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
Choice of: candied cherries, jelly or jam, buttercream, chocolate glaze.

Oven temperature 350 degrees.

Cream almond paste, margarine and sugar together. Add egg whites. Mix baking powder and flour together and add to mixture.

Scoop batter into a 16" or 18" pastry bag fitted with a large star tube or a serrated straight tube.

Spray baking sheet with Pam. Cover with foil and spray again. Pipe cookies about 2 inches apart.

If making plain rosettes you can press a cherry in the center before baking. Bake 7-10 minutes until edges are light brown. When cookies are cool you can pair them up with jam, chocolate, buttercream, or Nutella.

Chocolate Glaze:
In a glass bowl mix 12 oz. chocolate with 3 tablespoons of shortening and microwave on high for about 2 minutes.

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