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This recipe is a sneak peek of the goodness to be found in The Global Recipe Project Cookbook, scheduled for publication in early 2016. These nut filled cookies or “kurabia” are particularly delightful when prepared with finely ground almonds, served with fresh coffee, and enjoyed with friends! For a delicious variation, try rolling these cookies in powdered sugar after they are baked and cooled.
1 ½ cups butter
5 ½ cups flour, sifted
1 ½ cups sugar
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup milk
2 cups finely ground nuts
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Step 1) Combine 1 ½ cups sugar and butter in a saucepan; melt over low heat. Allow to cool.
Step 2) Beat 3 eggs. Add to sugar/butter mixture. Mix well.
Step 3) Gradually add flour and baking soda and mix until well combined.
Step 4) In a small bowl, beat 2 egg whites. Add finely ground nuts, 1 tablespoon sugar, and cinnamon. Gently fold to combine. Set aside.
Step 5) Roll dough from Step 3 onto a floured surface until it is ¼ inch thick. Cut dough into 3 inch circles.
Step 6) Place ½ teaspoon of nut filling from Step 4 in the center of each circle of dough. Fold the edges of dough together and gently press to seal; filled dough should take the shape of small eggs.
Step 7) Bake cookies in a preheated 300 degree oven for 20 minutes.