Gluten-free, almond flour cookies: soft, chewy, mildly sweet, nutty, with hints of vanilla, and sunny like a summer day in Sicily.
Just out of a nasty flu bug I am; days without baking, not even eating. The diet has been strict, few foods allowed, lost some weight and some sparkle, but here I am, after a week, back on track, with a brand new smile on my face and a wanting to bake so strong that was hard to resist. What to bake, though? I gave a look at the pantry shelves and saw the almond flour….mumble mumble…cookies for sure.
These Gluten free Almond flour Cookies seemed the right choice: few ingredients for few cookies that are soft, chewy, mildly sweet, nutty and sunny like a summer day. Each bite I am taken back to some places I’ve been. Each bite I close my eyes and imagine I’m there. Narrow streets, cobblestone roads, the smell of salt water in the air, the hustle and bustle of locals going about their day. Me, sitting in a “pasticceria” sipping my cappuccino and indulging in what sicilian do best “pasta di mandorle (almond paste) cookies”. If you’re ever in Sicily, you have to try their sweets. Deliciously decadent.
The making of the Almond flour Cookies:
The preparation is essential and quick. The mixture has to sit in the fridge for at least an hour, which gives you time to do whatever you need or want to do. (In my case, I vacuumed the whole place. Did I tell you that I like vacuuming? Ask my husband… 🙂 . I take it as a form of meditation).
I used the piping bag with a large star tip, to give the cookies a flower shape, then I placed an almond on top because it is good for you and it also gives that crunch to a cookie otherwise very soft.
And in the oven they go…
The smell was good, scents of almonds and vanilla.
I was invited for lunch and brought the cookies. They’re all gone. Good for me, that I’m still on a diet.Print
- 90 g almond flour
- 70 g sugar (I used brown sugar)
- 20 g butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 2 drops of vanilla or almond flavor extract
- almonds for the top
- In a medium bowl mix together the sugar and almond flour.
- Add the egg, the melted butter and the vanilla drops.
- Put the mixture in the fridge for at least an hour.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- After the elapsed time, put the mixture in a piping bag with a big star end and start making little round shapes.
- Place an almond on each of the cookies.
- In the oven for about 10 minutes.
- Take out and let cool on a rack.
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