Almond Cookies with Brown Sugar Pear Frosting

Almond Cookies with Brown Sugar Pear Frosting

Happy Wednesday! I am incredibly excited about this post! Today, we’re celebrating with the great food blogger cookie swap and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! Who wouldn’t want to send three super awesome people a dozen cookies, and receive a dozen cookies from three other awesome people in return?! The cookie swap has been going for 5 years now, and I’m very excited that I was able to join in the fun this year! It’s a fun opportunity to help a great cause while doing one of my favorite things…baking cookies 🍪🍪🍪! I also had a surprisingly fun time packaging up the cookies! I’ve never considered myself to be crafty, but I had a lot fun putting these ⬇ boxes together!

Almond Cookies with Brown Sugar Pear Frosting

I decided to make a shortbread type of cookie that is so full of almond goodness they are simply called almond cookies. These cookies have been made in my mom’s kitchen for more years than I can remember. They have been made for friends, family, and strangers alike. And I’m convinced they’re the biggest reason Tyler decided to marry me 😉. Okay, so that’s a stretch, but these cookies are loved by many. Hopefully Lindsay, Danae, and Jessie liked them too!

They are originally made with almond flavored frosting, but I thought I’d spice things up for the cookie swap. Almonds and pears are a quintessential and complementary combination, so I went with a pear infused frosting to top off the cookies. It added a subtle, but delightful addition to the classic taste of the almond cookie recipe.

Almond Cookies with Brown Sugar Pear Frosting

These are the delicious cookies that showed up on my doorstep. A big thank you to the bloggers who sent them!
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Almond Cookies with Brown Sugar Pear Frosting
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Cookies
  1. 1 1/2 c butter, room temperature
  2. 1 c sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 2 t almond flavoring/extract
  5. 1/2 t salt
  6. 1 c ground almond
  7. 4 c flour
Frosting
  1. 2 c pears - peeled,cored and chopped
  2. 1/3 c brown sugar
  3. 3T flour
  4. 1/2 c butter
  5. 1/2 t almond flavor/extract
  6. 8 c powdered sugar
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and prepare a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add in the egg and almond flavoring and beat until combined
  4. Mix in the salt, ground almond, and flour until thoroughly combined. The dough will be a little crumbly.
  5. Turn out on a well floured surface, and form a round disk.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out until it’s about 1/2-3/4 inch thick.
  7. Cut out using cookie cutter, biscuit cutter or any sort of dough cutting device (I recommend a simple shape for these cookies since they are delicate and complex shapes would be more likely to fall apart)
  8. Place the cookies on the baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 10-11 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  10. Once completely cool, frost generously!
Frosting
  1. In a sauce pan, cook the pear, brown sugar and flour until the pear is soft and the mixture has thickened.
  2. Allow the pear mixture to cool completely.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter until pale and fluffy
  4. Add in the cooled pear mixture, almond flavoring and half of the powdered sugar. Beat on low until well combined.
  5. Add in the remaining powdered sugar 1 c at a time until desired thickness is reached.
Notes
  1. I had a bit of extra frosting, but it would go really well with gingerbread, chocolate anything, or another batch of almond cookies 🙂
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