Pipe Dream #280: To Fix You/Love You – Almond Cookies (GF)

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If you’re looking for an almond fix, please look no further. I’ve done the work for you. These cookies are thrice almond. Paste, extract, slices.

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Paste.

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Extract.

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Slices.

I actually didn’t like this recipe very much. The cookies were far too spread-y because I tried to use 7 ounces of almond paste instead of 10 ounces. Go with the original recipe linked below. And add dark chocolate chips. Because I just think that sounds amazing, yeah?

But if you do make it my way, you can try slicing up the cookies into squares and layering them in glasses with whipped cream before sticking them in the fridge for an hour or two. It made a lovely miniature meringue cake for a gluten-free neighbor.

Trying to love and fix my neighbor,

L

Almond Cookies

Adapted from King Arthur Flour

7 ounces almond paste (from a can, or learn how to make your own from scratch here)
scant 1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon gluten-free almond extract
sliced almonds

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment.

Blend the almond paste, sugar, and salt until the mixture becomes uniformly crumbly; this is best done in a stand mixer. Add the egg whites gradually, while mixing, to make a smooth paste. Stir in the flavorings.

Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared pans, leaving a few inches in between each, as they will spread quite a bit. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.

Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes, until they’re golden around the edges. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool on the pan. Once cool, you can slice into prettier squares. I made a dessert for a gluten-free friend by whipping some heavy cream, then layering the cookies and cream. After a few hours in the fridge, it was just like an icebox cake.

 

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