Friday, November 29, 2013

A Cookie For Your Christmas Platter

Soon it will feel a little like Christmas in our home but first I need to put away the Thanksgiving dishes. We hosted Thanksgiving dinner for my family, and I love waking up to the leftover kitchen smells the morning after. Joe is such a good helper, and we have almost everything put away. I was listening to Christmas music and looking at photos from Christmas past to see how I decorated the tree in the sun room. This is a repost from two years ago and I did a Mackenzie-Childs/Christopher Radko theme. I added some owls, a red kitchenaid mixer, birds nests with eggs that I painted Mackenzie style, dragonflies, lighthouses, cupcakes and a photo ornament that I made for a dinner party.

A picture of our Christmas table from two years ago. Joe found eight red glass Avon plates at a yard sale. The tartan plates are from Target, and the wooden chargers are from Pier One. The red Breeze stemware is from Noritake.

Mom has been making almond paste cookies for our Christmas gathering ever since I can remember. This recipe is over 40 years old, and we look forward to these cookies appearing on the Christmas tray each year. The dough is sticky, and your hands and/or spoon will be very sticky too. I washed my hands three times while making these. Enjoy!

1/2 lb. almond paste 
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. flour
3 egg whites
1/3 cup powdered sugar
l lb. pine nuts (you can also use walnuts)

Mix almond paste, adding sugar slowly. Use fork or finger tips. Add egg whites, when well blended, add flour and powdered sugar which has been sifted. Roll a teaspoon of dough into a dish of nuts. Place on well-greased cookie sheet. I used parchment paper and then sprayed it with Pam. Remove while still warm with a  spatula. If the batter is allowed to chill, it will be easier to handle. 

Bake 300 degrees for about 30 min. I take mine out when the edges start showing a golden brown. Don't overbake.

I am joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. I bet they are delicious..You have lovely things Debbie..The KA stand cute!

  2. Debbie, those cookies look so good and I love that cute cute tree! That little red mixer looks like mine.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  3. Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Debbie! Love your tree with all the black and white check and I think I copied that recipe the first time you shared it but still need to make them :)

  4. How pretty! I love all your MC Christmas tree ornaments, Debbie. What an awesome collection. The pine nut cookies look delicious!...Christine

  5. Your tree is so pretty all decked out, dear Debbie! I love your hand painted M-C style cute. I still hope to make those cookies that is your treasured recipe from your Mom. Enjoy your weekend, sweet friend. xxoo

  6. A gorgeous tree dear Debbie, specially with such adorable and pretty Mckenzie Childs ornaments, I totally love them! Ther MC eggs are so cute and those cookies are making me drool! Thank you for your sweet and kind visit. I know you had a wonderful Tksgiving, since you even hosted it! Hugs,

  7. Beautiful tree, Debbie! Love all the special ornaments.
    Mary Alice

  8. Oh, Debbie….this has GOT to be my very favorite Christmas tree EVER!!!! *le sigh*…..I love the courtly check of it all….and the Kitchenaid Mixer is just like mine!!! I'm pinning your pretty tree.

    The cookies look great, too, and I hope you'll join us for Christmas Cookie Week starting tomorrow!


    1. Ricki, I look forward to joining you for your Christmas Cookie Week! Thank you for your sweet comment.

  9. I LOVE almond paste cookies - they are my favorite - I have been known to pull into the local bakery, buy a few, and then eat them immediately in the car!! Pretty tree, too

  10. Oh, Debbie, Debbie, Debbie....I LOVE the photo frames in the Christmas tree! You MUST let me borrow that idea for a future tree!!! I've already got next years trees planned out on paper (yes....I'm THAT anal!!!), but this idea is going down right now for the 2015 Christmas edition!!!

    Your tree and sun room were super fabulouso 2 years ago, sister, and it would all look just as fabulous today!!!!!!!!!! That tree just knocks me out!

  11. Debbie, the almond cookies are one of my favorites. Yum!
    Love the tree in all it's CC glory. I got ours up and decorated this weekend. Fun to visit all the ornaments. Our tree is very McK-C with lots of CC. Usually use black and white check bow with streamers at the top, but this year I changed it up. The tree topper is curled burlap picks in a bouquet. Kinda fun! '-)

  12. Debbie, I am a huge fan of almond paste and marzipan. I know I would love these. There is just something about ground almonds that makes my knees quiver. Joni

  13. These almond paste cookies looks delicious. It this your Mom´s recipe ?
    The comfort food recipes are ideal for Christmas.



I'm so happy you decided to stop by my blog. Please leave a comment as I enjoy hearing from each and every one of you!


Appetizers (2) Birthday Week (2) Blog Anniversary (2) Bread (2) Breakfast (4) Breakfast; MacKenzie-Childs (2) Breville Pie Maker (3) Cannoli (3) Chicken (2) Chicken Riggies; Foodie Friday (1) CHRISTMAS 2011 (4) Come To The Table (4) Cookies (2) Dessert (9) Dinner Parties (3) Easter 2012 (2) Events (2) Fairy Garden (2) Favorites on the First (2) Filled Strawberries (4) Flashback Friday (6) Foodie Friday (20) Garden 2009 (3) Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars (2) Halloween (2) Kentucky Derby; Run for the Roses Pie (1) Key West (4) Kick-Off To Summer BBQ (1) Lake Life (2) Lemon (3) Lemon Berry Cake with Mascarpone Filling (2) Let's Dish (13) Let's Dish; Tablescape Thursday (1) MacKenzie-Childs (39) MacKenzie-Childs; Traveling Tote (4) Magazine recipes (2) MAGNOLIA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING (2) Martha's Vineyard (3) McKenzie-Childs (2) Miss Aurora; (1) Monday Mosaic (5) Monday Mosaic; Seasonal Sundays (3) Mother's Day 2012 (3) Mystery Ingredient; Halloween 2013 (2) National Bundt Day (3) Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan (3) Outdoor Wednesdays (2) OWLS (3) Pasta (2) PEONIES (4) Philadelphia Garden Show 2009 (7) Pier One (2) Pork (2) PUMPKIN PIE FUDGE (3) Rhubarb (5) Salads (2) Seafood (2) Seasonal Sundays (9) Showy Lady's-slipper (Cypripedium reginae) (2) Soup (4) Spider Web Pizza (1) St. Patrick's Day (4) Summer 2013 (2) Summer Dessert (3) Sunday Favorites (3) Sycamore Hill Gardens (2) Table For Two (2) Tablescape Thursday (17) Tablescape Thursday; MacKenzie-Childs (2) Thanksgiving (5) Tips and Tidbits; (2) Tybee Island; Georgia; Savannah; (3) Utica Greens; Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook; Escarole (1) Valentine (2) Valentine's Day (3) Vietri (4) Weekends (6) World Famous Paradise Bakery Sugar Cookies with Magnolia Bakery Buttercream Frosting (3) Zucchini Bread (2)