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Many European countries have their version of the ‘horn cookie’. It is a very simple recipe using flour, butter, and sugar and they usually contain some kind of chopped nuts. The Polish version is a common ‘herbatniki’, or tea cake.
I tried two recipes in the creation of these cookies. The first recipe was from a much referred to Polish cookbook, but the cookies turned out crumbly and flat. The second recipe is a common version I found on many Polish recipe sites. Thank goodness for automatic translation in Google Chrome! Unlike the first recipe, the second had an egg yolk. I also believe in almond extract when an opportunity presents itself.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 sticks butter
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in egg yolk and almond extract, mixing well.
- Add almond meal and flour, thoroughly incorporating.
- Roll into small horn shapes, crescents, and place on a greased cookies sheet.
- Bake for about 15 minutes.
- Roll in powdered sugar when cool.