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I just picked up a lovely cookie book last night on sale that had a ton of delicious sounding recipes in it. This recipe jumped out at me. I made these out of curiosity since I really love anything marzipan flavored. The rice flour in the filling really intrigued me a lot. They are delicious! They taste extremely similar to those red and green moist italian almond cakes you get at christmas time They are surprisingly delicious. Instead of a pie crust I made a quick shortbread crust using 6 tbl butter, 1/4 cup confectioners sugar, a small pinch of salt and 1 cup flour. I baked the crust for about 10 minutes at 350 and then I put the jam on top. I also added a teaspoon almond extract and a tsp vanilla extract to the rice flour filling. Baked it for about 45 to 50 minutes and cut the glaze in half. It doesn't need that much. These would be really good topped with a little bittersweet melted chocolate too. They were extremely easy and they taste like a rich, fancy marzipan and there are no almonds in this at all. The rice flour makes the filling extremely smooth and velvety, like marzipan would be. Definite keeper for xmas cookie baking time! I got my rice flour at my reg grocery store in the health food/organic section. Bob's red mill sells it.

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