Today’s 5 star secret recipe comes from Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar in Berkeley, California. This sophisticated cafe features creative breakfasts, sandwiches, cheese boards and wine. One of their delicious treats is the almond sour cherry cookies. They’re crispy but chewy, and sweet with a bit of tang from the tart cherry inside.
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New 5 Star Secret Recipe
Bartavelle’s Almond Sour Cherry Cookies
About 30 dried sour cherries
1 pound blanched almonds
2 cups sugar, preferably organic
3 egg whites
½ teaspoon almond extract
Pinch sea salt
Soak the cherries in hot water to soften. Drain and squeeze out the excess water.
Use a food processor, grind together the almonds and sugar to a fine, flour-like consistency. Add the egg whites, almond extract and salt, and pulse until the mixture comes together. Cover and chill the dough. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 325 degrees.
Using a small scoop or large spoon to portion the dough into 1-ounce (2 tablespoons) balls. Poke a hole in each and insert 1 cherry, then roll to make a smooth, round ball.
Space the cookies about 2 inches apart on a parchment- or Silpat-lined baking sheet and flatten each ball slightly.
Bake the cookies until lightly colored, about 20 minutes, rotating halfway for even coloring. Be careful not to overbake. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Makes 2 1/2 Dozen
Source: LA Times