Sunday, 10 March 2013

Afternoon Almond Tea Cookies

It's a weekend afternoon. The house has been meticulously cleaned, the dog has been walked, you are dressed and ready to breathe a sigh of relief and sit down and relax, when your mother-in-law (or any other relative or friend) calls. They are in the neighborhood shopping and will be stopping by in 30 minutes. Eep! You don't have anything in the house to offer them. No cookies. No crackers and cheese. What to do?

Based on a recipe from L. Michelle ("Easiest Almond Cookies") I whipped up a batch of these cookies to offer my guest in no time! They are made with few ingredients, of which you will likely have somewhere in your pantry. Dusted with a bit of powdered sugar they are great, but I imagine they would also be amazing dipped in chocolate. Serve with a nice loose leaf tea!

Almond Tea Cookies

1 1/4 cups almond flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon butter or vegetable shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg and almond extract, mix well. Incorporate the almond flour. 

The dough will be wet and sticky. Based on the original recipe and photos, I was not expecting the dough to be so sticky. So, I decided to adapt how I would make the cookie shapes. Because the dough was not dry enough to roll out, I used a heavy duty ziploc bag to pipe out the dough onto the non-stick cookie sheet into small log shapes. When you are piping out the dough, ensure all of the air is out of the bag, otherwise it may burst.

Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for about 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the pan and transfer to a plate; dust with icing sugar. 


-Tina (Turnip)

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