1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Pure Almond Extract
1/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Sale di Cervia Sea Salt
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup coarsely chopped Dried Whole Yellow Cherries
1/2 cup chopped Large Roasted Almonds
2 3/4 cups Fondant & Icing Sugar
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
3 tablespoons water, plus extra, as needed
For the Cookies:
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the butter, Cane Juice Crystals, Vanilla Extract, Almond Extract, ground Cinnamon, and Cervia Sea Salt until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in the egg. Add the flour and beat on the lowest speed until just blended. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the dried cherries and almonds.
Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and shape it into a log, about 12-inches long and 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Wrap the dough in the plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (Dough can be made up to 3 days in advance).
Arrange an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 heavy baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cut the log crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Transfer the dough slices to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1-inch apart. Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges and puffed, about 15 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before icing, about 30 minutes.
For the Icing:
Put the Fondant & Icing Sugar in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the Vanilla Extract and water, adding more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture becomes a drizzling consistency. (Makes about 2/3 cups icing, enough to ice both variations.)
Put the cooled cookies on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Using a spoon or a fork, drizzle the cookies with the icing, allowing any excess icing to drip onto the baking sheet. Allow the icing to set before serving, about 1 hour.
Recipe adapted from www.foodnetwork.com
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