Mother's Day on StarChefs
Mother's Day on StarChefs
Recipes Inspired by the Mothers of Celebrity Chefs and Cookbook Authors

Butter Almond Cookies
By Chef Karen Barker (more info)

In honor of Mother's Day, we have each dedicated a recipe to our respective mothers-in-law utilizing a favorite ingredient. We hope these will be useful to you.

"My mother-in-law, Jeanette Barker, is a big fan of anything made with marzipan or almond paste. I've created these cookies for her and suggest serving them as an accompaniment to lightly sugared spring strawberries tossed with a bit of amaretto and topped with a dollop of whipped cream."

Makes 3 1/2 dozen

  • 3/4 cup almond paste, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup crushed, blanched, sliced almond pieces
  • Additional sugar for shaping cookies


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine almond paste with sugar and mix well. Add butter and vegetable oil and beat till smooth. Add egg. Add salt, almond extract and vanilla extract. Scrape down bowl. Add baking soda, cornstarch and flour and mix to combine.

3. Form dough into walnut sized balls and roll in crushed almonds. Place 2 1/2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass or small measuring cup in sugar and press down on each cookie to flatten.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 18-20 minutes until cookies are lightly golden.

StarChefs Ben and Karen Barker opened Magnolia Grill in 1986. The restaurant is located at Ninth & Knox, Durham, North Carolina, 919-286-3609 and its chefs have been recognized by The James Beard Foundation, Rising Star Chefs on Public Television, Nation's Restaurant News' Hall of Fame, Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence" and by many other prestigious organizations and publications.

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