Well, it's official! If they say it on twitter, it must be so: Congratulations to @Annellini Winner of GGM's Cookie Crawl and to @BigButzBBQ runner up.http://www.kitchenrap.blogspot.com Thank you to everyone who voted!! Now we can move on to something else--And my congrats to BigButz!
8 oz. pure almond paste
Zest from one orange
6 oz. sugar
1/2 cup water
2 oz. powdered sugar
2/3 cup flour
2 ounces powdered sugar
2 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
Wafers to put the Ricciarelli on (unflavored edible rice paper will work as a substitute--I used a plain rice cracker)
Place almond paste in mixing bowl with orange zest.
Dissolve the sugar of 2) in the water and heat to obtain a thick syrup--about 275 degrees.
When a drop of the syrup pressed between the fingers which are then separated forms threads mix it into the almond paste, together with the powdered sugar and flour of 3). Add a tablespoon or two of whole milk, if needed to form soft dough.
Let this dough rest covered with a damp cloth for about 8 hours.
Whip the whites to soft peaks with the vanilla and sugar 4) and incorporate this mixture into the dough along with the baking powder.
Drop the dough onto the crackers, dust with more powdered sugar, and bake at 320 degrees for about 15 minutes. Don't let the cookies brown.
Buon Appetito! and Buon Natale!