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These cookies made with lime and almonds are a sure-fire hit with children. They enjoy the amusing shape, of course, but also the delicious flavour.
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Last modified on: May 27th 2012

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
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Put into a food-precessor bowl: 125 g flour, 50 g icing sugar, 100 g butter cut into small pieces, 1 egg, 1 pinch fine (or table) salt, 5 drops food colouring, and the juice and zest of 1 lime.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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Knead on slow speed until evenly mixed.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
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Tip the dough out onto a sheet of stretch plastic film.

Stage 4 - 2 hours
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Fold the film over and press the dough into a flat cake.

Refrigerate for 2 hours.

This cooling time is essential as the dough is very soft at room temperature. The time in the fridge will firm up the dough.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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After this time, roll out the dough with a rolling pin to just under 1 cm (0.4 inch) thick.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
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Now comes the tricky momnt: cutting out the "alien" shapes. I used a calisson cutter for the pointed end.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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Then I cut the top of the head using a normal round cutter.

But you can cut them out perfectly well with a small knife.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
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Shape the rounded part if necessary by pushing around the edge with your finger.

Stage 9 - 5 min.
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Make the eyes with 2 whole almonds, the pointed end towards the centre. Press them lightly into the dough to make them stick.

Stage 10 - 20 min.
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Use up all the dough like this, placing the cookies on a baking sheet as you go.

Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F).

Stage 11 - 5 min.
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Put the offcuts onto a baking heet, shaped or not. Here I've made Star Trek logos (yes, I know, this is an American TV series recipe...).

Stage 12 - 30 min.
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Bake for around 30 minutes. Watch carefully for colouring towards the end of the cooking time to keep the lovely green colour. So don't overcook them.
Green is the obvious colour to use, but they look good in pink, too (in which case, leave out the lime).
Several days in an airtight tin. .
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,692 Kcal or 7,084 Kj25 gr158 gr107 gr
85 %10 %15 %16 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
364 Kcal or 1,524 Kj5 gr34 gr23 gr
18 %2 %3 %3 %
Per cookies
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
85 Kcal or 356 Kj1 gr8 gr5 gr
4 %<1 %1 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, Milk, Egg, Nuts
How much will it cost?
  • For 20 cookies : 1.79 €
  • Per cookies : 0.09 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Chestnut cake, Toasted almond cake, Pink Reims biscuits, Diamond biscuits, Liège waffles, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Apple charlotte with toasted brioche, Aperitif rolls, Household cake (Gâteau de ménage), Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée), Cramique, ... All
Icing sugarIcing sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Gâteau Nantais, Santiago Cake, Sicilian Epiphany Pie, Succès praliné (praline meringue), Rich hazelnut buttercream, ... All
Whole almondsWhole almonds: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Grandma Solange's biscuits, Praline, Piped petits-fours, Chinese style chicken, Granola, ... All
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