Almond Lace Cookies

Almond Lace Cookies

I wanted to make this cookie the moment I saw it in Pinterest, I should say I fell in love with it. It reminded me of peanut brittle that I used to enjoy whenever we go to Baguio, Philippines. Although that brittle was a lot thicker than this one, the concept is almost the same. 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 tea time.DSC_0563

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 enjoyed 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 this cookie.

Swedish Almond Cookies

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 addictive
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!

Almond Orange Lace Cookies

Big Batch Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 tbsp cubed unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp of fine salt – pinch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (Orange & Lemon zest extract will also work)
  • 1/4 cup Almond Meal Flour (I used Bob Red Mills Almond Meal Flour) or all-purpose flour. I like using almond meal as it goes well with almond nuts.
  • 1/4 cup toasted and chopped nuts (Almond, Pecans, Walnuts. etc). I personally prefer Almonds over other nuts because of the harder and crunchier texture.
  • Melted Dark Chocolate for drizzling (optional)

Makes 20 – 24 pieces

Almond Orange Lace Cookies

Small Batch Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tbsp cubed unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/8 tsp of fine salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (Orange & Lemon zest or extract will also work)
  • 3 tbsp cup Almond Meal Flour (I used Bob Red Mills Almond Meal Flour) or all-purpose flour. I like using almond meal as it goes well with almond nuts.
  • 1/4 cup toasted and chopped nuts (Almond, Pecans, Walnuts. etc). I personally prefer Almonds over other nuts. If you want a finer cookie, reduce nuts to 3 tbsp and chop it finer.
  • Melted Dark Chocolate for drizzling (optional)

Makes 15 pieces

Almond Lace Cookies

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Toast nuts for 5 minutes then chop into small pieces. The finer you chop it, the smoother the cookie will be. I like mine with bigger pieces for texture. Set aside.
  3. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or use a silicone mat.
  4. In a food processor, pulse almonds (or whatever nuts you are using) until coarsely ground. The texture should be coarse and not powder like.
  5. Using a non-stick pan, melt cubed butter.
  6. While in low heat, add sugar, honey, and salt & flavoring. Continue stirring until the sugar completely melt, around 3 minutes.
  7. Add chopped almond nuts (can be substituted with other nut) and continue mixing over low heat until nuts is fully covered with sugar.
  8. Stir in flour until combined and mixture is thick.
  9. Working quickly, drop batter by teaspoonfuls, 3 inches apart each on sheets and bake immediately. The cookies will have a better spread when you bake it while the batter is still soft. If the batter becomes tough to mix, put it back in the stove in low heat and continue mixing again before scooping it out for baking.
  10. Bake until golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.
  11. Remove from the oven and let cool for 1 minute or until it easily lift away from the mat or parchment paper. Use a spatula to lift the cookies and let cool completely on sheets on wire racks. If you want to shape it, fold or roll, you have to work quickly as it hardens very fast.
  12. Drizzle with melted chocolate (if using).

For storage: Keep refrigerated and line every layer with parchment paper to avoid sticking to each other.

Almond Lace Cookies

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. In my oven, it is 7 minutes. Adjust as needed.
  • 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 minute.

Almond Lace Cookies

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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