Almond Crescents

Ingredients

1/2 recipe Danish pastry dough
Almond filling (recipe follows)
1 egg, slightly beaten
sugar
sliced almonds

Preparation

1. Roll Danish pastry dough out on a lightly floured pastry cloth or board to a 20×15-inch rectangle; trim edges even; cut in twelve 5-inch squares with a sharp knife.

2. Spoon almond filling onto one corner of each square, dividing evenly.  Roll each square around filling to opposite corner.

3. Place pastries, points down, 2 inches apart, on greased cooky sheet.  Curve into crescent shapes.  Let rise in a warm place, away from draft, until double in bulk, about 30 minutes.  Brush with egg; sprinkle with sugar and almonds.

4. Place in hot oven (400 degrees); reduce heat immediately to 350.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until puffed and golden.  Remove to wire rack.  Makes 12 individual pastries.

Almond Filling

Beat 1 can almond paste (or tube, or marzipan, 8 ounces) with 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) softened butter and 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl until well blended.  Makes 1 cup.

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