One of the most talked about political ads of the election season starred Joanne Antonacci stirring her delicious sauce and campaigning for her son, Bob Antonacci for State Senate. When asked how she feels about becoming an overnight sensation she says, “Great. I did it for my son, my son!”
“Having family involved, it wouldn’t have been the same election without mom and the rest of the family.” says Bob Antonacci, “I wanted to run on the merits” adding that the ad was meant to cut through all of the negativity.
So not only is his mother a great actress, she’s also an amazing cook. “My mom’s sauce and her meatballs are the best. But she’s an incredible baker.” adds Antonacci.
She brought in a few of their family’s favorite Christmas cookies and the recipes for you to bake them and share with your family.
The Almond Paste cookies are her son, her son’s favorite!
ALMOND PASTE COOKIE RECIPE
- 1 lb almond paste
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 4 medium egg whites
- sliced almonds
Crumble almond paste into food processor really good then add powdered sugar slowly. Make sure you scrap the sides of the bowl.
Add the egg whites and mix, adding 1-2 tablespoons of flour as needed so your dough is not too sticky, but not too dry either.
Drop the dough by 1/2 teaspoons onto the sliced almonds and roll. Place them onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes.
A few keys to success with this recipe, says Joanne, is making the cookies one batch at a time. Don’t try doubling the recipe. This recipe makes about 4 to 4 1/2 dozen cookies. You need a food processor and buy medium-size eggs. If you buy large, or extra large eggs your cookies won’t come out. She also adds to make sure your ingredients are at room temperature. These cookies freeze well and can be made weeks in advance, just put wax paper between layers of cookies so they don’t stick together.
Another family favorite, Joanne Antonacci shares with us is her Whiskey Chocolate Balls.
Whiskey Chocolate Balls
- 8 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup of oil
- 1 cup cocoa
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 4 jiggers of whiskey
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 cup of nuts (optional)
Sift the dry ingredients. Add all ingredients into a big bowl and mix with your hands really well.
Roll dough into the size of walnuts or golf balls.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.
When the cookies are cooled, frost with chocolate frosting.
- 3 1/2 cups 10x powdered sugar
- 1 cup cocoa
- 3 tbsp light corn syrup
- Boiling water
Mix ingredients together. The amount of boiling water needed will depend on the thickness of the frosting.