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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chocolate Almond Batons


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Special thanks to this week's host: Jessica of MyBakingHeart

Originally entitled "Chocolate Spice Quickies", Dorie's Cooky of the Week took a foreign twist. While not technically French, they do fall into the quick category. And they look rather like a baton. 




Resembling the texture of her famous World Peace cooky, these refrigerator "slice & bakes" strayed a bit from the clove spice listed in the original recipe. Along with the ground almonds (I used toasted almond slices), I added a splash of almond extract and amaretto liqueur - which now I guess, takes us through Italy.

Instead of the traditional "refrigerator log", I formed them flat (think biscotti - but don't ask why). They are the quintessential slice 'n bake - I sliced and baked a few, then stashed the remaining in the freezer. Slightly crunchy, almondy and tender, these will certainly appear once again in my upcoming Holiday Cooky Parade. Parade / Batons . . .

  ooh la la.


– mike

18 comments:

Kayte said...

They look great as Batons! Nice to have a change of shape. That amaretto idea was also an inspiring bit. Now I'm torn...I thought Margaret's cookies at Tea and Scones were maybe the winner for me this week, might have to be a tie as I really love this shape of your cookies. Hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend.

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

I love your twist on these, Mike! And all of your add-ins sound fabulous. Thanks for baking along with me this week! :)

Flourchild said...

Great twist to a yummy bcookie! I did not chill the dough. I treated it like a drop cookie recipe and they turned out great! I love almond extract, Im sure they tasted terrific with it!

Jules Someone said...

I think you did the right thing by adding more almond flavor. These didn't do much for me.

TeaLady said...

I like your add ins. Amaretto is just the ticket to up the flavor on these.

Judy said...

Nice variation. Love amaretto -- must be fabulous in cookies.

Cindy said...

I do love almond flavor. Perfect shape. Very good looking cookie.

Elaine said...

What a great idea to make them look like biscotti! They must be delicious with the amaretto and extra almonds. Your photo is beautiful!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

They may not be exactly World Peace cookies, but they are sort of a World Tour cooky! Love the extra almond direction you took with yours and the clever baton shape.

Kenn said...

They do resemble Biscotti.. I think these will also make an appearance during my holiday bake-a-thon!

Clivia said...

Love your batons! And with the additions of the almond flavours, you're in biscotti territory. Great variation.

Valerie said...

Mike, I love what you did with this recipe! (Almonds and amaretto...who can say no to that)?

Gorgeous photos too!

Barbara said...

I love the shape you chose AND your ingredient additions!

spike. said...

what a fun shape! I think Batons sounds so much more sophisticated than quickies ;)

Jeannette said...

I really love the look of these! And here I thought that I was being fancy by making them into squares ;) I do love the idea of the almond extract and liqueur. They look wonderful!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

batons...nice touch!

Jessica said...

I love all your twists on this cookie - from the shape to the flavorings. Amaretto? An underused tool in the baker's arsenal, IMHO!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

These sound great and I bet they'd be amazing with a cup of coffee!