Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream together butter, icing sugar, vanilla and salt. Gradually add cornstarch and flour. Whip with an electric mixer until fluffy. Place into a cookie press and press out cookies on cool baking sheet. Decorate with candied cherries or dragees if desired. Bake 12-15 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
1/4 cup melted shortening
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup confectioners sugar for dusting
Melt semisweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate in the top of a double boiler or in a bowl in the microwave. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool. Heat the 2 cups shortening in a large, heavy skillet or deep fryer.
In a small bowl, stir together the pureed garbanzo beans, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in the dates and nuts. Blend with the cooled chocolate. Chill while you make the dough.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until fluffy. Stir in the 1/4 cup melted shortening. Sift together the flour, sugar, and salt, and fold into the egg mixture. Add extra flour if necessary to make the dough easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch circles using a cookie cutter or a large drinking glass. Place 1 teaspoon of the chocolate filling mixture onto the center of each cookie, fold over into a half circle, and pinch to seal.
Fry cookies in 1 1/2 inches of hot oil, turning once. Cookies should be light brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Refrigerate when cool. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar before serving.
2 tsp anise extract
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking powder
Dash of salt1 cup whole unblanched almonds
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
1 egg white, lightly beaten
On a baking sheet, toast almonds at 350F for 10 minutes. In a food processor, chop 1/3 of the almonds fine. Chop the remaining almonds more coarsely. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Make an indent in the center, and add eggs (the whole ones), vanilla and zest. Gradually blend in with the flour, until dough is fully mixed and stiff. Let sit for 5 minutes, then knead for 3 minutes mixing in the almonds (both fine and coarse). Divide dough into thirds, and roll each into a 10″ roll. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten each slightly and brush the tops with the egg white. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Move rolls to a cutting surface, and slice into 1 1/2″ slices. Place slices back on cookie sheet, and bake for another 15 minutes