Saturday, December 7, 2013

Italian Spumoni Cookies: 12 Days of Cookies 2013

Day 4: Italian Spumoni Cookies
During the 12 Days of Cookies, I try to find at least a couple of recipes that are based on traditions from around the world. That is why I chose this cookie.  This recipe is from the Food Network, and based on the taste of Italian Spumoni which is actually a layered ice cream dessert.  The look of traditional Spumoni reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream.  Traditional Spumoni is usually three flavor layers with a layer of candied fruits (often cherry) and nuts between them.  Cherry, pistachio, and either chocolate or vanilla are the typical layers.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for another recipe.

  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until combined.  Add in the whole egg, egg yolk, and almond & vanilla extracts.  Mix until incorporated.

Slowly fold the flour mixture into the sugar-egg mixture with a rubber spatula until even.  Fold in the chocolate chips, pistachios, and cherries. 

Divide the batter into about 1/4 cup balls and space about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Rotate the sheets 180 degrees, switch racks, and then bake until slightly golden brown, an additional 8-10 minutes.  Enjoy!

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