Almond Lace Cookies

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I wanted to make this cookie the moment I saw it in Pinterest. Its simple and easy to make, with only few and basic ingredients required. I added this to my baking to-do lists a few months ago, but I never got the chance to make it. No more postponing it, I finally decided to make this delicate, beautiful cookie which is perfect for our tea time. We recently started having afternoon tea time at the office every workday at 2 pm. My teammate won a tea set during our Christmas party and she decided do bring it to work. From then on, tea time became part of our afternoon schedule.I enjoy it a lot, few minutes of break is good from time to time. I guess what I liked the most about it is it gave me the opportunity to bake more tea-time treats for my teammates. One time, a teammate bought Honey Lace Cookies for our tea-time, this is what reminded me of my long overdue plan to make it.The timing could not have been more perfect, I got a jar of high quality honey last week from a friend who went on vacation. When I got home, I immediately checked my kitchen for the ingredients, I got everything I needed to make the cookie. I am not that surprised at all, as the ingredients are so basic and simple. Anyway, I took that as a sign that I have to do it, and so I did. So,why do I fancy this cookie again?

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Let me count the ways:

1. It taste so good. The thin crispy crunchy texture is so addictve
2. It requires only few ingredients that are easy to find
3. It requires less time to make
4. It require less baking tools to use , which means less cleaning and mess
5. It is easy to create variations by just using different kind of nuts

Need I say more? Let’s get baking!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1/3 c white sugar
  • 3 tbsp cubed unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp of fine salt
  • 1 tsp extract (I used Vanilla, Orange & Lemon zest/juice will also work)
  • 1/4 c unbleached flour or Almond Meal Flour
  • 1/4 c toasted nuts
  • Optional:Melted Dark Chocolate for drizzling

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/177C , with racks in middle
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat
  3. In a food processor, pulse almonds until coarsely ground.The texture should be coarse and not powder like.
  4. Melt cubed butter
  5. Add sugar, honey, and salt & flavouring. Continue stirring to combine ingredients
  6. Add ground Almond Nuts (can be substituted with other nut)and continue mixing over low heat until nuts is fully covered with sugar.
  7. Stir in flour until the mixture is smooth and thick. If the batter becomes tough to mix, put it back in the stove in low heat and continue mixing again.
  8. Working quickly, drop batter by teaspoonfuls, 2 1/2 inches apart, on sheets.
  9. Bake until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.

Serving: Makes 20-24 Cookies

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Good to know:

  • Oven can vary from one brand to another. It is best to test and bake 1 piece first to get the right temperature and baking time. Start with the recommended oven temperature, and baking time of 6 minutes. Adjust as needed.
  • When using Almond Flour, try to use the one that is coarse in texture. It gives nice texture to the cookies. Use a strainer and set aside the finer portion. The remaining coarse portion is the one that you can use for the cookie.
  • Do not over cook the batter. The more you cook it, the more that it will start to caramelized and it will get darker in color.If this happens, reduce your baking time by 1-2 minutes.
  • When the batter starts to get hard, flatten the raw cookie batter when you drop it in the baking sheet. Dip your fingers is water to avoid the batter from sticking to your fingers when you flatten it.Flattening it will help in spreading and will result in a thinner and crunchier cookie.

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Try it and let me know how it goes.Feel free to share this recipe and let’s get the community baking!♥

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