Magica De Spell’s Lucky Dimes Recipe

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The Wizard's Cookbook: Magical Recipes Inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and MoreWhen she fails to steal Scrooge’s Number One Dime, Magica De Spell consoles herself by nibbling these cookies.

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 Minutes


  • 9 oz chestnut flour
  • 4½ oz confectioners’ sugar
  • 4½ oz butter, softened
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2¼ oz ground almonds
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 egg yolk, for glazing
How to Make It
  1. Spread out a very thin layer of the flour in a nonstick frying pan and toast it for a few minutes on high heat (2 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the layer).
  2. Let the flour cool, then sift it into a bowl and mix with the confectioners’ sugar, softened butter, salt, and ground almonds.
  3. Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds with the back of a knife, and add them to the mixture.
  4. Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper until it is as thin as an authentic florin (about 1/8 inch), then place the dough and paper in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up.
  5. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Cut out circles in the dough with a glass or circular cookie cutter and place them on a baking sheet. Brush with beaten egg yolk and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until they are golden brown.

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