Category Archives: Almond Cookies

Almond-Pineapple Stuff in My Face Croissants

Almond Pineapple Stuff in My Face Croissants


Our favorite for the holidays and especially for guests!  If you are looking for a yummy new breakfast, brunch addition to your weekend you are going to love my mouthwatering and delish crossiants which are simple, quick and totally YUM!  They are a staple at my house and I love finding creative ways to make both sweet and savory for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or that special treat with tea or coffee.  You will be delighted once you bite into one!

Let’s Do It:

6 large Croissants: Toast Croissants open-faced under broiler. Set aside to cool.1/

Prepare Pineapple Fruit Filling: {or apples/berries/bananas/peaches}

Pineapple Fruit Filling: 

4 cups of fresh pineapple diced,
2 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup sugar*
1/4 cup light brown* sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
*scant drop of almond extract
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

Dice pineapple and cook in butter in saucepan until tender; add sugars, spices and stir and until sugar has blended, remove from stove, add vanilla/almond, stir and set aside.

Prepare Cream Cheese filling:

Cream Cheese Filling

1 8 oz package cream cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup powdered sugar to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Nutmeg

Assemble

1. Soften cream cheese in Microwave, mix all ingredients unto smooth; spread on toasted bottom of croissant.

2. Fill each croissant bottom with generous portion of Pineapple Filling  [Note: remove excessive liquid before filling]

3. Place top of croissant on top, place all on cookie sheet under broiler for a few minutes until tops are “toasty” and “crusty”; remove from oven. Cool for 3-5 minutes and then add glaze.

Glaze (Icing)
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Cream or milk by teaspoon until right glaze consistency achieved. 2/
Sliced almonds for top of croissants


Drizzle glaze over warm Croissants.  Sprinkle sliced almonds on top. Set aside to cool slightly.  Serve warm.

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1/ Use your favorite Croissant recipe or buy from bakery, Costco (Costco’s are huge and fresh) or grocery store (or even frozen ones)
2/ If you like “frosting” use less cream.
*/  Sugars can be substituted with Splenda (for Splenda brown sugar, half the amount)

[Optional: you can add raisins, craisins or crunched sliced almonds for more punch!]

See my Chocolate Almond Croissant version here.

Bon appetit!

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Cookie Monster B&B Cookies

Chef Jacy's Cookies

Happy National Cookie Day!

Cookie, Cookies & More Cookies – Why the name “Cookie Monster B&B Cookies” you ask? When the Beyond the Yum team is on photography travel we love to stay in B&Bs and because we are cookie lovers too we pack lots of cookies from Chef Jacy’s “Cookie Monster BB” kitchen for those long days of shooting. We wanted to share these yummy, crispy, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth (as well as “easy” cookies to bake) favorites with you. Try one or more of them, you will not be disappointed!

Chef Jacy’s Favorite:   Almond Coconut Macaroons

INGREDIENTS

1-7 oz box Odense Almond Paste, grated
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut
1/4 cup egg whites* (slightly beaten for easier measuring)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in center. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Add grated Almond Paste and sugar to mixing bowl.  Beat until the texture of crumbs.
3. With mixer on low, slowly add egg whites and beat until mixed. Beat on high for 3 minutes, until a creamy paste is formed, scraping down bowl 2-3 times.
4. Stir in 1/2 cup Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut and mix until combined.
5. Drop teaspoon size dollops of batter onto paper, leaving 2 inches of space between cookies.
6. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool cookies completely before removing from baking sheet. Store in an airtight container between layers of wax paper for 3-5 days.

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*Tip: Do not use more than the 1/4 cup of egg whites.
Recipe adapted from base of Odense Almond Macaroon recipe

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Jay’s Favorite: Dark & White Chocolate Chip Cookies*

3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
12 ounces Dark Chocolate Chips
6 ounces White Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts

1. Heat oven to 375ºF.
2. Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon (dough will be stiff). Stir in nuts and chocolate & white chocolate chips.
3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto parchment lined (or ungreased) cookie sheet.
4.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

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* Recipe based in part from Betty Crocker’s Baking Classics recipe.

Looking for our Chocolate Fudgies too?  Here it is – so beyond the yum!

Snow Day? Strawberry Coconut Amaretti CheeseCakes

Strawberry Coconut Amaretti CheeseCakes

For Strawberry Cakes*

1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup cream
1 large egg
1 tablespoon melted butter
10 strawberries, pureed w/2 tsp seedless strawberry preserves
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
1/4 teaspoon strawberry extract

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Lightly grease a 12 cup macaroon pan. Combine all dry ingredients in bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in separate bowl until smooth. Make a well in dry, add wet, mix well. Pipe or fill each macaroon cup 2/3 full. Bake cakes for 7-10 minutes or until they spring back when touched.  Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes. Remove to racks until completely cool.

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Prepare: Almond Coconut Cream Cheese Filling

1/4 teaspoon Almond Extract
1/2 cup Coconut+
1 8oz Pkg. Cream Cheese Softened
1/2 cup Sugar
12-14 small Bellino Amaretti Cookies crushed
Optional: Pink food coloring
+Set aside additional Coconut for topping final cake. Mix all ingredients together.  Set aside.

Prepare Amaretto Glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
1/2 cup cream
1/4 teaspoon Amaretto Liqueur

Mix all ingredients together adding cream in increments until smooth and desired consistency is reached.

Assemble:

Line cookie sheet with wax/parchment paper.  Place wire rack on top.

1. Fill 6 cakes with large helping of filling, top each one with unfilled cake.  You now have 6 complete cakes on wire rack on cookie sheet.
2. Pour or spread Amaretto glaze over filled cakes.
3. Top with additional coconut and sprinkles (optional).
4. Set in fridge to set until served.

Refrigerate any leftovers. 8o))

Beyond the Yum?  Absolutely and more…yum yum yum!

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* This original recipe from BeyondTheYum Cookbook with substitution of cake recipe ONLY adapted from Mary

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