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Dutch Letter Cookies

Dutch Letter Cookies

Claudia

These are delicious, tender, flaky cookies filled with almond paste. They are the first ones to disappear at our house during the holidays. You can shape them into any letter you desire, try spelling out names or greetings.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 343 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 21.3 g
  • 33%
  • Carbs:
  • 34.8g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 4.6 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 58 mg
  • 19%
  • Sodium:
  • 166 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together flour and salt. Cut in chilled butter until the texture of the mix is mealy with pea sized lumps.
  2. Add ice water gradually while stirring with a wooden spoon until dough forms a ball. Cover your dough and chill for 1/2 hour.
  3. To make filling, in a small bowl, mix together the almond paste and sugar. Add the egg and mix well.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C ).
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness, making as square as possible. Cut the dough into strips 6 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide (about the width of a ruler). Using a pastry bag or a strong plastic bag with a small hole cut from the corner, pipe almond filling down the center of the strip starting halfway down. Fold the top half of the strip down over the almond filling to match the bottom.
  6. Shape strips into desired letters, brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. If you are using all butter in your recipe, check after 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
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Reviews

LOVE2COOK2
40
3/20/2004

This is a great recipe, I got a tip from a baker in my area, who refuses to give out thier recipe, to section the dough in balls and dip each ball lightly in a small bowl of water then pat it down, and definitely use lots of filling, Also I only baked about 12 minutes unitl edges turned golden. It did work and I didn't have to lightly flour or use a rolling pin, both of which I'm not fond of. Thanks for sharing this recipe,

ENCHANTEDWRITER
36
12/10/2006

These were wonderful and super easy to make with a simple substitution! I did not make the dough for these, I used pre-made puff pastry sheets instead and everyone raved over them and have requested them often.

Rena
23
1/1/2009

Dutch Letter Cookies??? My husband request these as he spent time out in Pella, Iowa freqently before we were married and discovered them in the Jaarsma Bakery on the square. I, however, had never heard of them so I found this recipe. He LOVED this recipe and said it was almost identical to the cookies he found in Pella. I found them easy to make; however, the only suggestion I would make is to make sure the almond paste/sugar/egg mixture is mixed very well and all the lumps are gone. Otherwise, you have trouble piping the mixture out onto the dough - very annoying.