I’ve been dying to bake these cookies since my friend Pat posted the recipe for me last fall. At first glance, I knew I’d love them: soft, almond-y cookies made in a bakery? Game on!
But the original recipe from Leite’s Culinaria calls for shaping the dough into little pyramids. I made six or seven pathetic pyramids and baked them. First, it’s a tough shape to master with this particular dough, since it’s not at all firm.
Second, though I measured with a tablespoon, I don’t think my pyramids baked all the way through. In fact, after that, I gave up on pyramids.
Instead, I grabbed my smallest cookie scoop and began making balls! So much easier.
So, lesson learned:
Pyramids are a PITA.
Balls are the best. And that’s how we roll here in Katty’s Kitchen.
Oh, we also roll with a little salt in our sweets (added a pinch) and really, you only need 1 cup of slivered almonds to roll the balls. I also added several more minutes to the original baking time. Ready to roll?
adapted from Rosa’s Almond Biscotti, Leite’s Culinaria
2 1/3 cups almond meal
1 cup superfine sugar (if you don’t have superfine sugar, you can buzz up granulated sugar in a blender or food processor till extra-finely ground but not powdery)
3 large egg whites
grated zest of 1 orange, preferably organic
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 cup sliced almonds
a good pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the almond flour, sugar, salt, egg whites, orange zest and almond extract in a bowl, stir well to combine.
Place the sliced almonds in a separate bowl or shallow dish.
Using a small cookie scoop (I used my pink Zeroll #60 Universal EZ Disher–.53 oz. capacity, or 1.06 tablespoons), roll the dough into ball, then roll the ball in the almonds. Since the almonds are sliced, they weren’t too conducive to just “rolling on,” so I wound up pressing some of them into the exposed dough.
Bake for 16-18 minutes till lightly golden. Let cool.
You can store the almond balls in an airtight container for several days. The original recipe calls for sprinkling confectioner’s sugar over the top, but guess what? These are perfect little sweet treats just the way they are–naked, as I intended them. HA HA!