December 1, 2014


Let The Baking Begin


Can it be true that Christmas is really only a little more than three weeks away? Of course that fact should motivate me to be out looking for gifts, but I’d much rather be in the kitchen baking. I saw these cookies a few days ago on My Blue & White Kitchen and couldn’t wait to get a batch into the oven. Perhaps I was drawn in by amaretto in the ingredients or maybe it was the almond flour. Whatever the case, these cookies were exactly as I hoped they would be-crispy, chewy and crunchy with a little kick of salt that’s the perfect foil for the sweetness of the brown sugar.

Almond Cookies With Amaretto

1 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp fine sea salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup dark brown sugar
¾ cup almond flour
1 large egg
1 tbsp amaretto liqueur
1 cup almonds, roughly chopped
½ cup sliced almonds
flaky sea salt, to sprinkle

powdered sugar, to decorate

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. With a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugars, and almond flour until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix until incorporated. Stir in the amaretto liqueur. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Finally, add the chopped almonds. At this point, the dough will be quite soft but should be easy to work with.

Scoop up 2 tablespoons dough at a time, roll into balls, and flatten slightly. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and flaky sea salt. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Chilling the cookies before baking will keep them from spreading too much during baking.

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Bake on the middle rack for about 12 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown but the center still feels slightly soft to the touch. Cool on the sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. To finish, dust with powdered sugar.

Lucca Spring 2015-Cook, Eat, Laugh & Shop With Panini Girl

12 thoughts on “Let The Baking Begin

  1. They look great! I love Nordic food!

  2. Ooh, these sound great. I love Christmas cookies!

  3. These sound like perfect cookies for a Christmas cookie platter…yum.

  4. Oh yes, those ingredients sound like they’d make a delicious cookie – and from the looks of your great photo, they are.

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