Make dough 1. In a bowl with an electric mixer at low speed beat together almond paste, granulated sugar, butter, and vanilla until light and creamy. Gradually beat in flour and salt until just combined well. Quarter dough and roll out each quarter between sheets of wax paper into an 11-inch round (about 1/8-inch thick). Stack rounds in wax paper on a baking sheet. Chill rounds until firm, at least 2 hours, and up to 3 days. 2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 3. Transfer 1 round, still between sheets of wax paper, to a work surface. Remove top sheet of wax paper from round (keep remaining rounds chilled) and replace it loosely. Flip over wax-paper-enclosed round and remove and discard sheet of eax paper now on top (this process prevents cookies from sticking to wax paper). Working quickly, with a 3-inch star-shaped cutter cut out stars and arrange about 1/2 inch apart on baking sheet. (If dough becomes too soft to work with, freeze or chill on wax paper until firm.) With a 1/2-inch star-shaped or round cutter cut and lift out centers from half of stars (about 15). Lightly beat egg whites and lightly brush onto tops of cut-out stars. Sprinkle sand or pearl sugar over cut-out stars, pressing sugar down lightly so that it adheres. 4. Bake cookies in lower third of oven until bottoms are pale golden but tops are still pale, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheet on a rack 5 minutes and transfer with a spatula to racks to cool completely. Make more cookies with remaining dough rounds in same manner, lining baking sheet with fresh parchment. 5. Arrange solid stars, bottom sides up, on a work surface. In a small heavy saucepan boil jelly, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes and cool 10 minutes. Transfer jelly to a pastry bag fitted with a #3 plain tip (slightly smaller than 1/8 inch). 6. Pipe about 1/4 teaspoon jelly onto center of each cookie. Center cut-out stars on top of solid stars, pressing gentlyso jelly fills in holes. Cookies keep, layered between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container at cool room temperature, 3 days. Makes about 60 cookies. Pure almond paste: available at some specialty food shops and by mail order from Dean & DeLuca, 800-221-7714 To order GMA recipes or to subscribe yearly please call: 1-800-543-4GMA Single recipes $3 / Yearly $14.95 Busted by Barb ob 2/21/98 NOTES : This recipe calls for sand sugar or pearl sugar (both sometimes known as coarse or crystal sugar), both of which have larger grains than granulated sugar and are used for decorating baked goods. Sand sugar has slightly smaller and shiner grains than pearl sugar. Sand sugar and the star-shaped cookie cutters (3-inch and 1/2-inch) needed for this recipe are available by mail order from New York Cake and Baking Distributors at 800-942-2539. Gourmet magazines Sara Moulton brought in these awesome holiday cookies. Recipe by: Gourmet magazine Posted to MC-Recipe Digest by "firstname.lastname@example.org"
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (1163g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 46 (2%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 5.1g||7 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.7g||4 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.8g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 6286mg||217 %|
|Potassium 1378.1mg||36 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 583.3g||172 %|
|Dietary Fiber 14.5g||58 %|
|Sugars, other 568.9g|
|Protein 87.3g||125 %|
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Calories per serving: 2764
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