Cakes & Cookies / Fun Food

Speckled Almond Flour Cookies

One of my sweet sis-in-laws had come down from the US accompanied by her adorable prankster of a two-year-old and cute-as-muffin eight-month-old twins recently. She was in town for a while but somehow, I couldn’t spend much time with her.

Her sweet li’l two-year-old used to call me Miss Nanda, ’coz I reminded him of his playschool teacher! The first time I went to visit them, he’d do all sorts of stuff to catch my attention – hide my bottle, ride his cycle all around me, or bring all sorts of things and smile ever so sweetly that it would be impossible to not lovingly pinch his cheeks each time.

The twins were not any behind on the cute-o-meter either! The boy was a mini-photocopy of his li’l big bro and the girl as sweet as any eight-month-old could be in her frocks and sexy tummy-revealing skirts.

It was on one of those visits that I took for my SIL an almond butter cookie experiment – that’s what it was, for I put together ingredients at whim hoping all the while the cookies wouldn’t crumble once out of the oven! And though the cookie dough was crumbly, I wouldn’t give up and tried to form them into triangles instead of my usual tbsp-sized heaps or flat round cookie shapes.

I even deliberately over-baked it to ensure the supposedly-triangular shape I managed to get them into simply so that they’d hold shape! They did do so, at least till they made their way into the mouths of my ever-obliging hubby, nephews and SIL. And although they looked far from those gourmet bakery stuff, they were decent enough to pass the test.

I recreated a slightly different version of the cookies and have sent a batch of these for her through my hubby. I replaced the home-made almond butter I used in the experiment with almond powder, added some crystallised sugar for the crunchy effect and baked them in the safe heap-mound shapes that I so love.  They were real quick to make and had the perfect crumbly melt-in-the-mouth texture that I look for in cookies. So, Jan, these are for you. Hope you like them!

PS: For those of you who’re wondering if the name of these cookies is inspired by Sherlock Holmes’ The Adventure of the Speckled Band, let me admit – yes (sheepish grin) . But that’s where it all ends. There’s no similarity whatsoever between THE Speckled Band and these Speckled Almond Blondie mounds! The ‘mysterious’ origin of these cookies are limited to a culinary experiment and have no other sinister connection whatsoever.

Speckled Almond Flour Cookies

 (Makes 30 ½ tbsp-sized blondie mounds)

 Ingredients:

Maida/APF – 1 ¼ cup

Oil – 75 ml

Powdered sugar – 20 gm

Crystallised sugar/Demerara sugar – 2 tbsp

Salt – a big pinch

Baking powder – a pinch

Almonds (with skin on) – a handful

Green cardamoms – 1-2

Note: It is the almond skin that gives these blondies the pretty speckled look, so, keep them on!

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 deg C

Finely grind almonds along with cardamom(s) and a tsp of sugar

Mix maida/APF, salt, powdered sugar and baking powder well

Add ground almonds and crystallised/Demerara sugar and mix well

Add oil and mix well with your hands

The blondie dough will be a crumbly mixture

Roll the dough mix into half tablespoon sized balls and place them on a baking tray

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 mins

Cool on a rack and pop into your mouth when still warm

Store the rest in an airtight container

Can you spot me reflected on the oven door?

Off this goes to

* The 13th edition of Blogging Marathon hosted by Srivalli of Spice your Life

* And to Kids  Delight  being hosted by Priya this month

* Cakes Cookies and Desserts being hosted by Anjali of Spice n Sugar Tales

* Priya’s Healthy Diet – Baked Goodies event being hosted by Raji of Vegetarian Tastebuds

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6 thoughts on “Speckled Almond Flour Cookies

  1. Oh gal, that’s a lovely write-up! I simply adored the way you have renamed the twins as ‘cute-as -muffins’…haha, what a sweet, relative touch!! 🙂
    Also, I am loving the way you are experimenting, because cooking is all about that in real. Your end product is amazingly good, so you have passed your experimental classes with brilliant colors! 🙂
    And ya, thanks for linking. 🙂

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