Jun 30, 2009

French Swiss Cookies

I have no idea why these are called French Swiss Cookies, but this recipe has been one of my favorites since I was a child. French Swiss Cookies taste kind of like a cinnamony shortbread that is topped with chopped walnuts. This recipe is both delicious and easy.

1/2 pound butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk (save egg white)
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
chopped walnuts

Cream butter and sugar (I often find it easier to simply melt the butter) and then add the remaining ingredients. Press approximately half the dough into the bottom of a cookie sheet (about 1/8 of an inch thick). Beat egg white until slightly frothy and then brush lightly on the top of the dough (you don't need to use all of the egg white; just until the dough's surface has a thin coat). Sprinkle with finely chopped walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until slightly browned. Cut into individual squares. You can also roll this dough into small balls, flatten the balls with the palm of your hand, brush with egg white and sprinkle with chopped nuts, and then bake.