Almond Cookies

Almond Cookies

I have this terrible habit of buying the same items of clothing when I’m shopping. I walk in with the intent to get something new and my brain goes into robot mode. MUST FIND STRIPED SHIRTS/BLACK & WHITE ANYTHING/PERFECT BLACK DRESS.  Can one ever have enough striped shirts? (NO) How about the perfect black scooped-neck shirt?  I have to stop myself when I’m about to buy another black dress…It’s just that I can’t help it. I know exactly what I like/want.  If only stores carried nothing but black denim wide leg pants & striped shirts year round, I’d be all set.

I suppose my food cravings are pretty much the same. I love anything almondy. Here on this site you’ve seen me make granola, danishes, bars, cookies,vegan cookiest, raw cookies, caramel corn, appetizers loaded with almonds. I feel like I have the same issue with almonds as I do with my striped shirt collection. NEED MORE. ALWAYS. Thank goodness almonds are good for you.

We enjoyed these cookies a little too much at my house. I had to freeze some and give some away because there wasn’t much stopping me from eating one after another after another. They’re nutty, sweet & fragrant with vanilla. They’re perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack with tea. I wouldn’t mind a few broken over ice cream with fresh berries. Let’s make that happen! I think on my next go-around, I’m going to add a bit of almond extract because I can’t get enough of almonds.

And we’re off!

First! You pulse the almonds in a food processor to make almond meal.

You’re supposed to go super fine, but I wanted a little almond chunks in my meal.

Melted butter & sugar get stirred together. An egg goes in.

Flour gets stirred in.

Flour & almond meal.

Here’s a weird thing. Vanilla extract at this point. I would have put it in during the egg mixture, but I followed the recipe. I wonder if they forgot about it and then when they went to stir they were like…CRAP. Vanilla. Maybe that’s just my imagination. Maybe I speak from experience…

Scoop out a cookie into the palm of your hand. Flatten the cookie. Put the cookie on a greased baking sheet.

REPEAT. Like… a lot.

Original recipe calls for three sliced almonds on top of each cookie. I got through three cookies and was like……NOOOOO WAY AM I DOING THIS FOR 20+ cookies.

So I took the slivered almonds and smooshed them in the center. Done deal. Time saver. Yeah baby.

They get baked in the oven. They cool on a rack.

Confectioner’s sugar enters the picture…

COOKIE PARTY COOKIE PARTY (Sarah Silverman reference)

Ingredients

  • COOKIE PARTY COOKIE PARTY (Sarah Silverman reference)
  • Almond Cookies
  • makes about 36 cookies
  • recipe adapted from This Is A Cookbook: Recipes for Real Life
  • 1 1/2 cups whole almonds, plus sliced almonds for garnish
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
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