Although jelly beans are usually my favorite Spring treat, these chocolate Easter cookies with almond butter filling are now a close second! The idea came about with inspiration from Project Denneler’s clever pinata cookies and all of the ads I have been seeing for chocolate peanut butter eggs. I decided to add a little bit of a twist with almond butter instead.
I started out with LilaLoa’s Chocolate Cookie recipe with one tiny adjustment… I added 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.
My original plan was to make each cookie out of three separate layers, a solid bottom layer, a middle layer with the center cut out (to hold the almond butter filling), and a solid top layer. As part of my fool proof plan, I rolled out the dough thinner than I usually do, 1/8-inch thick, so that the triple layer cookie wouldn’t be too thick to eat.
I used Sweet Sugarbelle’s Chocolate Royal Icing to decorate the top layer of the cookies. I’ve been dying to try this recipe since she first posted it and only made one small change… I added 1/2-tablespoon of almond extract. (Do you see a pattern here? Squeeze in that almond flavoring anywhere you can!) I added brown and black food coloring to get a few different shades of brown to work with.
After decorating, I assembled the first triple-decker cookie by gluing the layers together with royal icing. It was a colossal cookie tower not fit for any normal-sized mouth!
Disappointed by the cookie’s overwhelming size, I knew I had to go to Plan B. Only problem was there was no Plan B! Lucky for me, Hubby doesn’t mind listening to my cookie ramblings. He came up with the brilliant idea to put the almond butter filling between two solid cookies and seal off around the edges with royal icing. Easter treat saved!
Almond Butter Filling
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup almond butter
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Beat together the butter and almond butter until combined and smooth.
2. Sift the powdered sugar into the bowl and beat again for a couple of minutes.
3. Mix in vanilla extract.
Armed with one piping bag of almond butter filling and one piping bag of chocolate royal icing, I assembled the rest of my eggs and bunnies.
If you want any of these chocolate Easter cookies with almond butter filling for yourself, I suggest you don’t leave them unattended!