Quince and Almond Filled Cookies

Quince and almond filled cookies, topped with  sparkling crystal sugars,  take the concept of jam filled newtons to the next level.
Quince and Almond Filled Cookies

Quince and Almond Filled Cookies

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day for the National Cookie Day blogging event is quince and almond filled cookies,  which  are quite like fig newtons (except they really taste nothing like them).

What’s quince?

Quince as a fruit has a bright, citrusy sort of flavor that is perfect with the almonds. I know I find newtons to be somewhat dull tasting, but these are certainly bright and flavorful for the holidays.

Membrillo

I’ve made these using membrillo, or quince  paste, which is a thick smooth jam made from  the fruit. You can make it yourself, or if you like easy, check your market- you might find it near the cheese due to its popularity on cheese trays and charcuterie platters. The paste is fantastic on   crackers.

American-Mediterranean

And while these cookies are technically part of American  cuisine,  I can’t help but think they have a very Mediterranean flavor because of the quince and almonds. This could be important for you to consider if by chance, you are making something like paella over the holiday season. What a perfect little Christmas cookie to serve after dinner with that!

So Simple to Make!

All in all, this is really easy to  make,  outside of the long chill time. I use the method of shaping the dough  while it is warm between parchment, because I  think it  is  easier  and  saves time. The parchment doesn’t stick, and you can use the side of a bread knife to scrape away dough where you don’t want it, which makes shaping the dough sheet pretty straightforward and simple.

Quince and Almond Filled Cookies

National Cookie Day

Celebrate #NationalCookieDay with all my fellow cookie fanatics! Below is a list of great cookies to make this holiday:

(Thanks to Erin of The Spiffy Cookie for hosting)

Quince and Almond Filled Cookies

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Quince and Almond Filled Cookies

Quince and Almond Filled Cookies

Sue Lau
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Dough chilling time 2 hrs
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 dozen

Equipment

  • parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 10 ounces prepared quince paste membrillo
  • 1/2 cup chopped slivered almonds
  • 1-2 egg white lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup coarse sparkling crystal sugars Bobs Red Mill

Instructions
 

  • Cream together butter and sugar until smooth, then add egg and almond extract.
  • Continue by adding the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Place half the dough on a sheet of parchment, cover with another sheet and roll out to a 6x12-inch rectangle.
  • Place the covered dough on a baking sheet and repeat with the other half, placing that on top of the first.
  • Chill dough sheets on the baking sheet for two hours or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Mash the quince paste with a fork to make it easy to spread.
  • Working with one sheet of dough at a time, place half the quince paste down the center of the dough sheet, spreading evenly and leaving a margin.
  • Top with half the nuts.
  • Brush lightly all the way around on the margin with beaten egg white.
  • Fold dough sheet over to make a pop tart of sorts, and crimp the edges all around with a fork. Mend any holes you might accidentally make.
  • Brush the top with more egg white and sprinkle liberally with the sparkling sugars.
  • Repeat with the other dough sheet.
  • You can fit both of these on a rectangular baking sheet (trim the parchment of needed).
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Cool on pans for five minutes, then cut each strip into about 12 slices, and allow to cool further without disturbing, for about an hour.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Keyword Membrillo, Newtons, Quince paste

Quince and Almond Filled Cookies

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