Almond Sugar Cookie Tarts

by Shawnda on January 2, 2011

in Cookies and Bars,Project Pastry Queen

Almond Sugar Cookie Tarts

Katy chose this week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe, Sugar Saucers – large sugar cookies (as big as saucers) topped with lots and lots of sugar.

I have purposely avoided this recipe. There was something about all that unbaked granulated sugar sitting on top of the cookies that was a bit of a turn off. But that’s one of the goals of Project Pastry Queen – to force encourage you to get outside of your cozy little box.

Almond Sugar Cookie Tarts

I added 1/2 tsp of almond extract to the recipe and baked the dough in 4-inch mini tart pans. I also added chopped almonds on top for a bit of a crunch. The cookies are just crisp on the outside and really soft on the inside. It’s not what I think of when I think sugar cookie but that’s okay – because I don’t care for the typical sugar cookie!

The mini tarts may have been devoured warm, topped with a melty scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce. You know, “may have” :)

Almond Sugar Cookie Tarts

Thanks Katy! You can check out the other Project Pastry Queen members to see how their sugar saucers turned out. Next week the group is going big (again): Texas Big Hair Lemon-Lime Meringue Tarts… but I’ll be sipping cocktails in Mexico at Food Blogger Camp with some of my all-time favorite food bloggers and photographers!


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 vanillasugarblog January 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

woman! i need to see the inside of the tart! lol ;-) please send some too, so I can taste-test the perfection for you. lol


2 maggie January 3, 2011 at 8:19 am

What a fun twist on the recipe! I’ve been wanting to join Project Pastry Queen for a couple months now but I still haven’t purchased the book!


3 Jun January 5, 2011 at 3:35 am

Yesh! I like the combo of crispy and soft!!!


4 Jamie January 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Looks like a perfect tart. Thanks!


5 Vaishali January 6, 2011 at 12:26 am

Looks awesome! Perfect Tart! Congrats on Top9.


6 Jenny @ meltingbutter January 6, 2011 at 3:07 am

looks wonderful! thank you for sharing this :)


7 Kori January 6, 2011 at 7:54 am

These are beautiful! Seriously, your photos remind me of those on Martha Stewart’s site ;) And I’m sure they’re delicious too. Congrats on the top 9!


8 Christina January 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

What a beautiful looking tart! I’ll bet it tastes amazing too!


9 Tonya - What's On My Plate January 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I love almond desserts. In fact, I recently made my own almond extract and i’ve been looking for ways to use it up. although 1/2 tsp isn’t a lot, it’s a start!


10 Larry Loenhorst December 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I used to buy a pastry that looks like this one but is only filled with an almond paste from a bakery in Artesia, CA. They called it “cares” pronounced ( care a’s ). Does that ring a bell with anyone as to if it was a Portuguese or Dutch pastry?

Thanks, Larry


11 Anna February 17, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Artesia Bakery (RIP) was a Dutch bakery. A decade or more later, I am still reeling from the loss.


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