This really thin and crunchy Almond Lace Cookie is absolutely addictive! They are made butter, sugar, Almond Flour and chopped Almonds. They are so thin you can almost see through it, hence the name “Lace Cookie”. In other places, this cookie is called Florentine Cookie.
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 and harder 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.
The fast approaching holiday season makes me excited. Holiday baking is one thing that I look forward to, on top of other occasions that we celebrate here in Canada. The festive environment, the holiday decors, the get together and party, and the gift giving is something that is difficult to ignore. It is definitely in the air, so I though let us start early and make some cookie that we can use for gift giving and sharing. This Almond Lace Cookie is one of my favorite to gift during the holiday. They are easy to make, and it is a favorite among my friends. So how do we make this? Let me walk you through the simple process.
What are the Ingredients for Almond Lace Cookie?
- Brown Sugar – this gives a caramel flavor to the cookie
- White Sugar – this helps in the spreading of the cookie
- Butter – this give a nice buttery creamy taste to the cookie
- Honey – for additional sweetness
- Salt – to balance the sweetness
- Vanilla Extract – always use the pure Vanilla Extract for better flavor. You can also substitute this with Orange or Lemon zest
- Almond Meal Flour (I used Bob Red Mills Almond Meal Flour). If you do not have one, you can use oats flour or all-purpose flour but the texture will and taste will be slightly different. You can also make your own by processing finely the Almond, but this will require a food processor.
- Almond – Toast the Almond for better flavor and crunch
- Dark Chocolate – Dark Chocolate is preferred to balance the sweetness of the cookie
How to Make Almond Lace Cookie
Making Lace Cookie is a two part process, which involves cooking the dough first then baking it.
- Cook the Cookie Dough: This is a simple process of melting the butter with the sugar then adding the flour and the nuts. You can infused it with Orange of Lemon flavor or you can use pure Vanilla Extract. In this process, since we are cooking the sugar and butter, it is important to have it in low heat, and watch the change of color in the sugar. You do not want it to reach a dark brown color because it will taste bitter. As soon as everything is melted and combine, your are ready to scoop and bake.
- Baking time for this cookie is very short, about 7 – 8 minutes or until just the cookie spreads out thinly and turn slightly brown. Again, you do not want to over bake this as it cold get bitter. Burnt sugar is the worst thing that could happen here. Pay close attention and monitor the spreading and color change as oven could vary from country to country as well as the oven calibration.
- Cooling is an important thing to remember here. Since this is a VERY thin cookie, you need to have it cool down so that you can remove it easily from the pan. This is also one reason why it is imperative to line the baking sheet with parchment paper or to use a silicone mat. I find silicone mat to be the best option for this cookie. It was so easy to remove it without breaking the cookie
- Drizzle of Melted Chocolate is optional, but is certainly welcome. I like the combination of the Almonds, the sweet thin cookie and a dark melted chocolate drizzled on top. It somehow enhances the taste, but then again, I will live that up to you to decide. If you can find a proper melting or dipping chocolate, or sometimes called melting chocolate wafers. Cocoa Barry, Wilton, Ghirardelli have this kind of chocolate. These type of chocolates have higher percentage of cocoa butter (32 – 39%) than eating or baking chocolate. This are known as Couverture chocolate. They are the one that are great for dipping, coating, drizzling. If you cannot find one, at least use a bar chocolate (not chocolate chips because this tend to be sticky when it dry out) then chop it into small pieces and microwave int 30 seconds interval, stirring after every interval.
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!
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
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (Orange & Lemon zest extract will also work)
- 1/4 cup Almond Flour (I used Bob Red Mills Almond Meal Flour).
- 1/4 cup toasted and chopped Almonds
- Melted Dark Chocolate for drizzling (optional)
Makes 20 – 24 pieces
Small Batch Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup White Sugar
- 3 tablespoon cubed salted Butter
- 2 tablespoon raw Honey
- 1/8 teaspoon of fine Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (Orange & Lemon zest or extract will also work)
- 3 tablespoon Almond Meal Flour (I used Bob Red Mills Almond Meal Flour)
- 1/4 cup toasted and chopped Almond
- Melted Dark Chocolate for drizzling (optional)
Makes 15 pieces
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Toast the Almond for 5 minutes, let it cool.
- Chop the Almond Chop the Almonds until coarsely ground. The texture should be coarse and not powder like. If you are making a large batch and you have food processor of chopper, you can use that to make the chopping faster.
- Line Baking Sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone mat. This is VERY important to avoid sticking and for easy removal after cooling.
- Make the Sugar Syrup: Using a non-stick pan, melt cubed butter. While in low heat, add sugar, honey, salt & vanilla extract. Continue stirring until the sugar completely melt, around 3 minutes.
- Add chopped Almond and continue mixing over low heat until fully combined.
- Stir in Almond Flour until combined and mixture is thick.
- Divide the Cookie Batter: Working quickly, drop the cookie batter by teaspoonfuls, 3 inches apart each on sheets.
- Bake immediately until golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. The cookies will have a better spread when you bake it while the cookie 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 onto the baking sheet.
- Cool: 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.
- Drizzle with melted chocolate (if using).
How to Store Almond Lace Cookie
Keep refrigerated and line every layer with parchment paper to avoid sticking to each other.
- 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.
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