I make these every year for my gift boxes, and they are great. A couple of things I have learned to help them hold up in baking. Once you cut them freeze them and then pull out, use egg and nuts when you are ready to bake. Don't roll the dough too thin. Finally, I baked in 350 oven for 8 minutes.
Really loved this recipe. The house smelled wonderful while these cookies were baking. Be careful how long you leave the dough in the freezer--if it's too cold, it will crack when you roll it out. I had to knead mine a few times to warm it up and make it pliable before rolling. Also, I cooked mine for about 18-20 minutes, but it could have just been that my oven temp is off. I made half of them at night, and saved the dough in the fridge until the next day, when I baked the rest--they were consistently wonderful.
Truly outstanding! Crisp edges and soft chewy center. I used fresh oranges for grated peel and Amaretto. Wonderful aroma when removing from the oven :) . I found I used 1-2 extra Tablespoons of flour mixed in to take away stickiness when shaping into disks. I froze them for only 5-10 minutes. If frozen longer the dough is stiff and cracks when rolling. My recipe made 4 1/2 dozen cookies. This is definitely going to be a holiday favorite.
Followed the recipe exactly -- ended up with flat, flaky, broken cookies!!!! Am willing to try again and maybe take the suggestion from one of the reviewers -- that is to make small balls and flatten. Will see if this turns out. Great flavor -- but I ended up with throwing away over half of my cookies. Curious about a chemistry reaction to the dough as it is cold and rainy today. Maybe the gluten in the flour did not work?
I found the dough to be very temperamental to work with. You basically need to have it at the perfect temperature to roll: any warmer and it's too sticky, any colder and it's too hard. I ended up making little balls of dough, flattening them a bit with my palms, brushing egg whites on top, and sprinkling chopped slivered almonds on top. They still looked pretty doing it my way! The flavor/texture was great, which made up for the difficult dough.
I tried these cookies even though I never thought my teenagers would go for them. Ha! They loved them. I did heat and burn off the alcohol in the amaretto before I added it to the cookies and I used an insulated cookie sheet which allowed me to bake the cookie fully without browning the edges. Tasty, chewy, and professional looking! These go in my recipe box.
I followed the recipe as stated and they turned out really good. They are hard tea cookies. I sprinkled them with a little powered sugar. For a basic tea cookie I give them 5 stars.