It is not the season for chocolate, but I just can’t help it. I wanted to clear my almond meal. I bought them for macarons but I just do not have the time to bake something that needs proper care. So I found this recipe from food&wine and adjusted accordingly to make a smaller batch.
170C preheated oven, 6 by 9 inch pan
1/2c almond meal
2tbs cocoa powder
1/4tsp baking powder
Melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave using 30 seconds, stir, 20 seconds, stir until melted. Let cool.
In a bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla.
Mix in the butter mixture into the egg and sugar mixture.
Add in the almond meal, cocoa, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined.
Pour mixture into baking pan and bake for 15 minutes or until the center is done; when you stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.
CNY is upon us. My favourite goodies is the peanut cookies. I also like the almond, walnut and basically anything with nut type of cookies. I was planning to bake all the different nut cookies, but I decided it was not worth the trouble. Maybe next year, when everything is not so rush, I’ll do that. I found this recipe from GuaiShuShu and I saw almond meal as one of the ingredient and got excited. Cause after my fail attempt of macarons, I have a lot of almond meal left. You can also use baked almonds and ground them using food processor if almond meal is not available. I also substitute the potato starch, as I only have corn starch.
Instead of rolling the dough into a 3-5mm sheet and cut them out with cookie cutter, I rolled them into balls and press down with my thumb. Thus the shape is not a perfect circle. You can also just cut them into squares. It really is up to you. And my cookies are not shiny and less than perfect looking, cause I do not want to waste a egg for the egg wash.
Make ~45 1.5inch cookies
160C preheated oven, lined cookie sheet
150g softened butter
1 egg yolk
100g almond meal
2 tbs cornstarch
Cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Beat in the yolk.
Mix in the almond meal.
Sift in the flour and cornstarch and fold until well mix and no more white can be seen in the mixture.
Use a dough scooper to get similar size ball and lined them on the baking tray 3 cm apart. (Or you can just scoop with your hand and roll into round balls, I prefer this method.)
Gently press the cookies with thumb to flatten them.
(You can brush an egg wash on top of the dough to make it shiny.)
Bake for about 12-15 minutes.
Let cool and store in airtight containers.
The cookies sort of melt in the mouth, but they are crunchy. Keyword: sort of. From the look of it, it seems like the cookies will break apart easily. But they don’t crumble as badly. If you like almond, you’ll like this.