These slightly sweet Vanilla Almond cookies are perfect for cool Autumn mornings, baking a treat for a friend, or teatime in the garden. We stamped ours with the new floral rolling pin by Embossed!

How To Make Artisan Stamped Vanilla Almond Cookies

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It’s been a wild year, why not settle down with something sweet and soothing?

When I was little, I remember feeling overwhelmed sometimes and needing days when my Gram would pull the curtains closed, bake some cookies, and she and I would sit quietly with cups of tea and cookies. 

I miss those days. And there are days when I still feel like closing off the rest of the world, turning on soft music, and snuggling on the couch with a batch of warm cookies.  

Recently our friends at Embossed sent us one of their beautiful embossed rolling pins to try out along with one of their recipes.  And I’ve been excited to show you how beautiful these cookie look!

Vanilla Almond Cookies

What is an embossed Rolling Pin?

Embossed created a line of beautifully carved wooden rolling pins make with beech wood.  They are created using a high-precision laser that is able to carve out delicate designs in the wood.

These rolling pins  are a little different from your basic flat rolling pin, because they are meant to be more of a stamp on the dough or fondant. 

As we discovered, recipes with leavener won’t work well.  

I actually had to try a few recipes to find one that worked well.  My family thought it was funny, because normally I am not a baker.  But I really wanted to play with this and I had a fun time. 

These pins also make great collector gifts for bakers. 

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Make the dough ahead of time

One of the tricks to these cookies taking the embossing well is to make sure they are cool when you are pressing them. Because this pin works by stamping the design into the cookie, it’s important that the cookies are precut and thick enough to take the pressing into them. 

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Not Too Sweet

One of the things that I really like about this recipe is that it’s not overly sweet.  It’s good with a cup of coffee or tea.  You can always top them with a Royal Icing.  But I think they are perfect for dipping without any fussing. 

Giving Back

When I spoke to the people from Embossed, I actually first fell in love with their giving back program.  They donate 15% of their profits to non-profit organizations in impoverished communities to fight hunger. 

Good for Artwork too!

In addition to cookies, the printing can be done on fondant for cakes, pasta, and even clay or other art mediums.   They have a few beautiful designs to choose from.

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vanilla almond cookies

Vanilla Almond Tea Cookies

CategorySweets and TreatsDifficultyIntermediate

These remind me of the little tea and coffee cookies my Gram used to like to have when I was little. “Just a little nibble” to start the day.

Prep Time4 hrs 5 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time4 hrs 20 mins

 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
 1 cup brown sugar
 1 large egg
 1 tsp vanilla
 ½ tsp almond extract
 2 ½ cups flour
 1 tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp salt

1

Combine butter and brown sugar using an electric mixer until it reaches a fluffy consistency. Beat in egg, vanilla, and almond extract. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture ½ cup at a time. Blend these ingredients thoroughly.

2

Knead the dough into a ball, then refrigerate it for 3-4 hours.

3

Lightly dust your work surface and rolling pin with flour and roll out the dough evenly to 1/4″ thickness.

4

Use your embossed rolling pin to apply the stamp to the dough. Keep in mind that if the pattern is not deep enough, it will disappear during the baking process. Make sure the pattern completely covers the surface of the rolled out dough.

5

Use a cookie cutter to cut circles out of the dough, then place them on a cookie sheet. This works best if the dough is firm, so you might want to work with small batches to keep it from becoming too pliable — the cookies will still come out great, but the stamp won’t be as noticeable.

Place the cut out cookie dough in the fridge for about half an hour.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Bake for 12 minutes, then leave on rack to cool.

Ingredients

 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
 1 cup brown sugar
 1 large egg
 1 tsp vanilla
 ½ tsp almond extract
 2 ½ cups flour
 1 tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp salt

Directions

1

Combine butter and brown sugar using an electric mixer until it reaches a fluffy consistency. Beat in egg, vanilla, and almond extract. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture ½ cup at a time. Blend these ingredients thoroughly.

2

Knead the dough into a ball, then refrigerate it for 3-4 hours.

3

Lightly dust your work surface and rolling pin with flour and roll out the dough evenly to 1/4″ thickness.

4

Use your embossed rolling pin to apply the stamp to the dough. Keep in mind that if the pattern is not deep enough, it will disappear during the baking process. Make sure the pattern completely covers the surface of the rolled out dough.

5

Use a cookie cutter to cut circles out of the dough, then place them on a cookie sheet. This works best if the dough is firm, so you might want to work with small batches to keep it from becoming too pliable — the cookies will still come out great, but the stamp won’t be as noticeable.

Place the cut out cookie dough in the fridge for about half an hour.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Bake for 12 minutes, then leave on rack to cool.

Vanilla Almond Cookies

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