Lacy Chocolate Cranberry Orange Wafers

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Yield: about 3 dozen wafers Prep 50 mins Start to Finish 2 hrs


  • 1 1/2 cups  blanched whole almonds, toasted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup  dried sweetened cranberries or cherries
  • 3 tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon  finely grated fresh orange zest
  • 6 tablespoons  unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup  sugar
  • 1/3 cup  heavy cream
  • 6 ounces  bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), finely chopped


1. Pulse almonds in a food processor until very finely ground (do not over process, or nuts will turn into butter). Transfer to a bowl. Add cranberries with flour to processor and grind until cranberries are very finely chopped. Add to bowl with zest.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degree F and line 4 large cookie sheets with parchment.

3. Melt butter with sugar and cream over moderate heat, stirring, until smooth and slightly thickened. Bring mixture just to a boil over moderate heat, stirring. Remove pan from heat and stir in almond mixture until just combined. Immediately spoon scant tablespoons about 4 inches apart onto prepared sheets and with the back of a wet teaspoon, or finger, spread batter into 2-1/2-inch rounds.

4. Bake wafers in batches in middle of oven until a rich golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer pans to racks to cool (cookies will crisp once cool) until firm enough to be lifted, about 2 minutes. Carefully transfer wafers with a metal spatula to racks to cool.

5. Melt half of chocolate in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove bowl from pan and add remaining chocolate. Let stand for 3 minutes. Whisk chocolate until smooth.

6. Fill a small sturdy resealable plastic bag with melted chocolate. Push chocolate to one corner of bottom of bag and snip that corner to make a small opening through which to pipe chocolate. Pipe chocolate in a zigzag motion across top of each cookie and transfer to a parchment-lined tray. Chill cookies until chocolate is firm, about 5 minutes.

7. Wafers will keep for 1 week stored between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container at room temperature. Makes about 3 dozen wafers.

Nutrition Facts

  • cal.(kcal)90,
  • Fat, total(g)7,
  • chol.(mg)7,
  • sat. fat(g)3,
  • carb.(g)7,
  • fiber(g)1,
  • pro.(g)2,
  • sodium(mg)2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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