Holiday Almond Cookies
Combine condensed milk, butter, powdered sugar and egg yolk in a bowl and beat with a mixer on low until light and fluffy. Add flour and almond flour to the butter mixture, beating until the flours are absorbed. Add almond extract and beat well to incorporate.
Lay a sheet of plastic wrap and turn the dough out onto it. Gather the dough into a ball, press into a thick disk, and wrap it well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a thickness of 2/8 inch. Using a cookie cutter, cut the dough into whatever shapes you would like.
Place cookies on the baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Mors – Russian Cranberry Drink
Mors is a traditional Russian soft drink made with fresh cranberries, water, sugar or honey.
3 cups fresh cranberries
4 -5 tbsp. honey
7 cups water
½ lemon juice
Blend cranberries in a food processor for 5-8 seconds.
Add blended cranberries to a pot. Pure in water, bring to a boil, and cook for 3 minutes.
Short cooking time allows vitamins not to be lost during the preparation.
Add 2 tbsp. honey and let the drink cool.
Strain the drink through a strainer, letting it drip into a bowl for a few minutes.
Gently press the berries to extract the remaining juice. Add the remaining 2
tbsp. honey and lemon juice.
Chill in refrigerator. Serve with a slice of lemon or orange.