Danish wedding cookies similar to this recipe once were given as good luck symbols
to couples celebrating their nuptials. The marriage of the walnuts and sugars represented “bumps
in the road” and the “sweetness that coats a happy marriage.”
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Confectioners' sugar for coating
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Using an electric mixer, cream sugar and butter in a large bowl until blended.
Add cream cheese, increase speed to high, and beat until light and fluffy, about
2 minutes, occasionally scraping down sides with spatula.
Beat in vanilla and almond extracts.
Gently fold in flour and walnuts and stir until blended.
hands and roll dough into 1-inch balls. Gently press balls flat with bottom of a
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet until lightly browned and puffy, about
14 to 18 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool in pan for about 2 minutes; transfer to
wire rack to cool briefly.
While cookies are still warm, toss them in a quart- or gallon-size plastic bag
filled with confectioners' sugar.
Remove and return to wire rack to cool completely.
Repeat baking with remaining dough.
Posted by LladyRusty at Recipe Goldmine 12/12/2001 11:52 pm.