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Recipe

Raspberry Diamonds

Featured in our 2017 Christmas Guide
Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 6 dozen cookies.

For best results, store these cookies without the glaze. (After a day, the glaze will begin to absorb the raspberry color.)

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 11-1/4 oz. (2-1/2 cups) allpurpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/8 tsp. table salt
  • 8 oz. (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. pure almond extract
  • 6 Tbs. raspberry jam (I prefer seedless)

For the almond glaze:

  • 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • Pinch table salt
  • 1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. pure almond extract

Preparation

Make the cookies:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the cream of tartar and salt until well blended. With a stand mixer (use the paddle attachment) or a hand mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract and beat until blended. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just blended.
  • On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into six equal pieces. If the dough is very soft, wrap each portion in plastic and refrigerate until firmer, about 1 hour.
  • Heat the oven to 350°F and have ready two large ungreased baking sheets (or line them with nonstick baking liners). If the dough is in the refrigerator, remove it and unwrap it. Using your hands or a rolling pin (or both), shape each piece into a flat 12×1-1/2-inch strip about 1/4 inch thick, dusting with flour if needed. Transfer the strips to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 3 inches apart.
  • Using the butt end of a knife handle dipped lightly in flour, make an indentation down the middle of each strip (this will widen the strip to about 1-3/4 inches and make a depression about halfway down into the strip). Spread 1 Tbs. of the jam evenly down the indentation of each strip.
  • Bake until the cookie strips are lightly browned on the bottom and edges, about 20 minutes. Let the strips cool on the sheets on racks for 5 minutes before carefully transferring them to racks to cool completely (a long offset metal spatula is good for this). Before glazing, set the rack over a baking sheet or a sheet of waxed paper. If you plan to freeze these cookies, do it before glazing.

Glaze the cookies:

  • In a small bowl, mix the confectioners’ sugar with the salt, water, and almond extract. The glaze should be thick enough to hold its shape when drizzled; add more confectioners’ sugar or water if needed. Using the tines of a fork, drizzle the glaze over the tops of the cooled cookie strips. (Or transfer the glaze to a sturdy zip-top plastic bag, snip off a tiny bit of one corner of the bag and drizzle.) Leave the cookies on the rack until the glaze is set, about 30 minutes, and transfer to a cutting board. With a serrated knife, cut each bar on the diagonal into 1-inch-thick diamond shapes.
  • Store at room temperature or freeze (unglazed) in an airtight container, separating the cookie layers with waxed paper.

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  • Voodoogirl | 06/15/2014

    Terrific cookies. They are addictive. I used orange extract in place of almond in the glaze.

  • Maureen9788 | 08/01/2010

    If you had asked me half way through making this recipe, I would have given it a lower score. When all was said and done, they are amazing. The dough was a little hard to handle and required time in the frig as indicated in the recipe, so I just left them in over night and finished them up in the am. Regardless, I recommend all the shaping be done by hand and directly on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet. I had issues with the dough breaking while transferring it to the cookie sheet. Knowing all this it will be much easier to do the second time.

  • jjrower | 12/22/2009

    These cookies are fabulous. We made them last year and they quickly became the family favorite. Awsome!

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