Simple Almond Cookies
You know how there are certain beauty products you just want to eat?
Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. I’ve seen you sniffing the suntan lotion bottle just a *little* too deeply.
Anyway, I’m like that with anything almond-scented—almond-scented lotions, shampoos, bath gel…they all make me swoon. Actually, they all make me want to take a nice, long glug from their bottles.
At the ripe old age of 28, I’m finally figuring out that I don’t have to drink shampoo to get that flavor—I can bake with almond extract instead!!
Yesterday, I whipped up some easy almond cookies using almond extract, plus a can of almond paste I had on hand. I made a similar vegan version of these cookies last year, if that’s the way your cookie crumbles. If you’re an almond lover, you’ll LOVE either version of this cookie. Plus, they look like cute little snowballs! Plus PLUS, they only have 60 calories a pop!!
Now…step away from the shampoo bottle…
Snowy Almond Cookies
1/2 cup almond paste
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick butter
2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp. cornstarch
powdered sugar for decoration
Preheat oven to 350
Cream together almond paste, egg, sugar, butter, and almond extract until smooth and fluffy. In small increments, add the flour and cornstarch, mixing between add-ins. Mix until smooth.
Roll dough into small balls (about the size of a teaspoon) with your hands, then place on a non-stick baking sheet.
Bake for 7-8 minutes. Once cookies have cooled completely, dust with powdered sugar.
My batch made 42 cookies—that’s a LOT of cookies!!
Post-baking, pre-powdered sugar:
Much tastier than any bath gel I’ve tried. :-)