Almond Horns

31 May

Someone I work with who shall remain nameless refers to these as “Toilet Seat Cookies..” My mom would not be impressed. Let’s call them almond horns…

These cookies have a bit of history: my mom found the recipe in an old  South African cookbook and made them often while she was living there. When my parents moved to Canada, she tweaked the recipe to fit our “crazy” measurement system here and she definitely takes credit for the result. Growing up, I remember her bringing them to social gatherings and the like; receiving nothing but compliments for the simple pleasures these little cookies bring. Making them still feels like a special occasion to me. Until they get referred to as toilet seat cookies.

I cannot stress how simple they are but I also cannot stress enough how delicate. They melt in your mouth, but to get to the final product you have to be gentle.

The recipe itself is basic.

Cream butter and sugar (fruit sugar…it’s much finer which helps achieve that “melt in your mouth” texture)

Add all other ingredients.

I suggest chilling the dough for 5-10 minutes in the fridge if it feels too soft to work with right away.

Roll into thin logs

Cut into smaller pieces

Fold into horn shapes….


Toss in sugar while they’re still warm…

Please note that they WILL break if you aren’t gentle. I found out the hard way. Multiple times.

Awww, no…see? poor little guy…

The bad news, is that you’ll have to eat the broken ones. The better news? I have a theory that suggests the calories fall out of the broken ones….so it’s not a bad thing to dip lots of them in a giant cup of earl grey tea. Just putting that out there.

If you’d like to live life on the safer side or if you’re on a diet (shame on you) and cannot afford to eat broken cookie pieces, try sprinkling the sugar over the cookies. You’ll get the same result, more or less.

Mom’s Almond Horns

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup ground almonds

1/2 tsp vanilla

175 g butter, softened

3 tbsp fruit sugar (those silly South Africans call it castor sugar)

pinch salt

Cream the butter and sugar together.

Add other ingredients and knead well.

Shape into horseshoe shapes.

Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes until just barely golden brown. They will still appear relatively white when they are done.

While warm, roll each cookie in a bowl of fruit sugar. Gentle!

Let cool on pan before transferring with a spatula to a cooling rack.


One Response to “Almond Horns”

  1. michelle June 2, 2011 at 10:47 am #


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