Making Almond-Filled Cookie Cake with a Grumpy Four Year Old

My four year old was having an attack of the grumpies towards his brother. Thinking he might need a little attention I decided to spend some time with him in the kitchen.  I found this recipe in Tea Time at the Inn by Gail Greco that looked quite good and seemed simple enough for him to make – which he did almost all by himself with a little intervention here and there. 

Here is the recipe slightly adapted from Tea Time at the Inn.

Crust

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 1/3 cups unsalted butter

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 10-inch spring form pan. In large bowl of electric mixer, blend all ingredients at low speed until dough forms. Divide dough in half, patting one piece into the pan. 

Filling

1 cup finely chopped almonds

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1 egg, slightly beaten

Slivered almonds

Confectioner’s Sugar

In small bowl, combine all ingredients, except whole almonds and confectioner’s sugar. Spread over crust to within 1/2 inch of the sides of the pan. Press remaining dough between waxed paper to form a 10-inch circle. Remove paper. Press dough into place over the filling. Garnish with slivered almonds. Bake for 55 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes, remove from pan, and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar

To make it I first had the little guy

measure out the flour

 

then assemble the rest of the ingredients for the crust

place them in the mixing bowl

mix the dough,

split the dough into two equal portions


 and roll out the crust. 

Placing it in the pan did not go well.

So we ended up patting it into the pan, which worked fine.

 
Then came the filling. 

We assembled the ingredients,

mixed them together,

and spread the filling on the crust.

 

Next came the top crust. 

This time we layered it between two pieces

of waxed paper to roll out.

This worked very nice.

After the top crust was in place,

we covered it with slivered almonds and placed

it in the oven.

 

The finished product, with a dusting of

confectioner’s sugar, along with the

Happy Baker.

This cake was quite simple to make and sooo good.  It even cheered the little guy up.

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2 Responses to “Making Almond-Filled Cookie Cake with a Grumpy Four Year Old”

  1. Marie Says:

    What a decidedly delicious looking cake! I ordered the book for myself just on the strength of this cake! (I know, I’m way bad) Your sweet little helper looks so pleased with the end results! I think it’s fabulous that you cook with your son. My oldest son always loved to be in the kitchen cooking with me and now at 32 he is a fabulous cook!

  2. maria~ Says:

    I [love] step-by-step pics of baking and yours are great! Thanks for sharing your recipe and your little guy is simply adorable.

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