Almond Cookies

Almond cookies, recipe on www.CourtneyPrice.com

AT A GLANCE

Prep: 15 Minutes

Bake: 20-25 Minutes

Total: 35 Minutes

Yield: 21 cookies, depending on how big you make them

The picture says it all: these cookies have a thin, shell-like surface that reveals a moist and light almond-flavored enter.  I discovered this recipe years ago on the King Arthur Flour website, and these gluten-free cookies are super easy and delicious. I am a big believer in stocking the pantry with the best quality ingredients  you can find- like from King Arthur Flour- the difference is noticeable and worth the advance planning.

  • 1 3/4 cups (16 ounces) almond paste*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
  • *See “tips,” below.

Directions

  1. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line with parchment.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, blend the almond paste, sugar, and salt until the mixture is uniformly crumbly. Add the egg whites one at a time, mixing to make a smooth paste. Stir in the almond extract.
  3. Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared pans.
  4. Dust the cookies generously with confectioners’ sugar, then use three fingers to press an indentation into the center of each cookie. Refrigerate the shaped cookies, uncovered, for at least 2 hours or as long as overnight.
  5. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325°F.
  6. Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes, just until they’re brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan on a rack.
  7. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days; freeze for longer storage.

melt in your mouth Almond Cookies, as seen on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Baking Tips and Variations:

  • I buy my almond paste from King Arthur Flour. *
  • Different brands of almond paste produce varying results in the cookies’ texture. After extensive testing, we decided that 16 ounces of almond paste is the amount that’s most likely to produce good results across the whole spectrum of brands. If your preferred brand of almond paste is Love ‘n Bake, use 10 ounces.
  • Want to make these cookies kosher for Passover? Use this sugar blend in place of the confectioners’ sugar: 1 cup granulated sugar processed or blended until fine with 1 tablespoon potato starch.
  • The traditional version of these cookies features a hint of lemon or orange. Use 1/8 teaspoon lemon or orange oil in place of the almond, if desired.
  • For a chocolate-almond version: Add 1 cup chocolate chips to the dough right after you’ve added the egg whites. Bake as directed.
  • For an Italian pignoli version: Using about 2/3 cup (3 1/2 ounces) pine nuts (pignoli); dip the tops of unbaked cookies in the nuts. Flatten them gently on the baking sheet, and bake as directed.

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