Nut Boats

Also known as Nuss Schifferl in German or Navettes aux Nois in French.

For the dough:
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cups almonds, grated
1/4 teaspoon lemon rind, grated
1 egg yolk

For the filling:
2 cups walnuts, ground
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves
1/2 cup warmed cream

extra granulated sugar, or
chocolate icing (optional)
walnut halves (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

Work butter, flour, sugar, almonds, lemon rind, and egg yolk into a dough. Roll out a scant 1/4" thick. Press into nut boat tins, 2" to 3" long, shaped like boats. Reserve enough dough to cover the tops.

Fill with walnut filling, prepared by mixing all the ingredients together thoroughly. Top each boat with thin cover of reserved dough, pressing edges together.

Bake about 10-15 minutes. Turn out of tins and sprinkle immediately with sugar; or let cool, top with chocolate icing and decorate each with a 1/2 walnut.

Note: Submitted by "Roadrunner" who says: "Around this house, a holiday is not complete without dozens of Nut Boats. My Great Grandmother started the tradition over 90 years ago, and I've carried it into the 21st century...She came from Vienna and was the most wonderful woman I have ever known. I hope you will try them, and give some feedback as to how you did or did not like them."

Country of Origin: Austria

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