There have been a couple care packages I've been meaning to send, and so, what better a time than to try out some new cookies?
I went in search of a biscotti recipe (trying to think of what would keep best) and happened upon these. After getting all the ingredients, and reading the recipe through, I realized these really weren't biscotti at all. But what the hell. Might as well give them a shot right?
adapted from Leite's Culinaria
2 1/3 cups almond flour/meal
1 cup sugar
Grated zest of 1 orange (preferably homegrown or organic)
1 teaspoon anise seed
2 teaspoons almond extract
3 large egg whites
2 cups sliced or slivered almonds
Prepare a couple baking sheets with parchment, and preheat the oven to 350 ˚F.
Mix, (I used my hands, but I'm sure a spoon or whisk would work), the almond flour, sugar, zest, and anise seed until combined in a large bowl. Add egg whites and almond extract and mix until combined. Add 1 cup of the sliced or slivered almonds and mix until combined.
Place the other cup of almonds into a bowl. Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of dough, and roll softly into a ball. Roll the top (or entire ball) in the almonds. Place on the prepared trays
Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes (the smaller the cookie the faster they will bake).
Gobble down the delicious almond-y goodness.