These Chocolate Almond Horseshoe Cookies are a fun and a delicious treat for the holidays!
It’s hard to beat a classic butter cookie…especially during the holidays. But dip that cookie in chocolate and then sprinkle it with toasted almonds? Ok, maybe that wins!
I was in the mood to bake some cookies the other day, and I wanted to create some butter cookies similar to those Danish butter cookies that show up in huge tins about this time every year. On a side note, the ring-shaped cookies with the ridges are my favorite. Whenever a mixed tin of Danish butter cookies shows up, you can pretty much count on those ring cookies to be the first ones to disappear. (Apparently, they are called ‘vanille kranse’ or ‘vanilla wreaths’ in Denmark.)
So I’m sure the companies that make these Danish butter cookies have a big machine that extrudes the dough into rings or wreaths. I don’t have such a machine. My wife is a scientist, and she plays with machines that extrude metal. I asked her if I could borrow one of those machines to make cookies. She just looked at me and walked away. Ok, so my backup plan? Pull out the pastry bag and stick a large French star tip on the end. Wouldn’t you know it, but that method worked pretty well!
As you guys know, we live in upstate New York near Saratoga Springs. Saratoga is a quaint town, and the it’s even been included on the list of America’s Best Main Streets. Saratoga is a horse racing town. Track season runs from late July through Labor Day, and the town is literally buzzing with horse racing excitement. (In case you missed it, American Pharoah raced in Saratoga this year…and lost. The whole town was stunned.)
A couple months ago, my sister and niece came up to visit for a long weekend. We took little Blakely apple picking one morning, but I think the highlight of the trip was her visit to the track in Saratoga. We didn’t realize it, but apparently she has a serious love of horses. She’d hang on to the fence and watch the horses parade by, and then we’d head over and watch the race. She’d literally go from crying to overjoyed when she saw the horses come around the bend onto the backstretch.
In honor of Blakely’s love for horses, I decided not to close the ring for these Chocolate Almond Horseshoe Cookies. Instead, I just left the ends open in the shape of a horseshoe. And since we all know that chocolate makes everything better, I spread a bit of melted chocolate on the ends of the horseshoe. A sprinkling of chopped almonds finished off these cookies.
Have you ever been to Saratoga?
More importantly, can you build me a machine that extrudes cookie dough?