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Gluten Free Chinese Almond Cookies

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Gluten Free Chinese Almond Cookies

I’ve made this recipe a few times.  I’ve added almond flour, coconut oil, etc but this is the basic recipe that gets devoured.  The end result is a cookie that is crunchy and melts in your mouth.  Just what I was looking for to enjoy with a cup of coffee in the afternoon.  I’ve even made “mini-cookies” for our afternoon tea party with the girls and their dollies.  The smaller the dough balls reduces the baking time (obviously) but it was fun to have doll-sized cookies for our tea party today.

GF Almond Cookies

 

My Love swears these are not Chinese Almond Cookies as I didn’t include almond flour in the final version.  Although technically, I didn’t use a little almond flour in a blend…but certainly not the amount I had put in the other batches.  And while e the other batches were tasty, this one met with picky-kid approval.  They are thinner than the Chinese almond cookies I remember too but they taste the same.  I’ve been vacillating on the title for this post but meh…..it’s on the photo.  Ah well.  :D

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Chinese Almond Cookies

Serves 12-18 cookies
Cook time 9 minutes
Kate Chan Kate Chan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup gluten free flour mix
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds

Directions

Step 1 Cream together butter, sugar and almond extract.
Step 2 Add baking soda, salt, flour and egg. (Reserve sliced almonds). Mix well.
Step 3 Scrap dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled (one hour or overnight).
Step 4 Preheat oven to 300F.
Step 5 Shape dough balls with a teaspoon. Set on parchment paper at least 2 inches apart. (The butter based cookies will spread a little further apart than the coconut oil ones.)
Step 6 Pressed a couple sliced almonds into the top of each ball. There is no need to mash the ball down - it will do so on its own while baking.
Step 7 Bake for 9-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Step 8 Remove from oven and cool. Cookies will be crispy and melt in your mouth when cool.

Gluten Free Everyday Eats – Day 29 & 30

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What is happening to me?  I have developed the exhausted version of myself in the end of July?  Not good!  Time for some R & R – although I think that might just happen late next week as now we have some more OT/PT appointments this week for Zoe.  The good news is:  We are doing all that we can to make sure she is ready to go for Kindergarten this fall.  She’s so excited!

So excited, in fact, that she’s been announcing that as soon as Kindergarten is over, I should “get ready” because she will be “off for college then, Mom”.  Egad!  Please don’t let time fly that quickly by.  

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Day 29

Doctor appointments and craziness meant dinner out.  My dinner picture includes a shot of the girls Tofu Agadashi (my order came without the broth as they used soy instead of tamari – rats!).  It was still tasty.  And I packed some small portable gluten free soy sauce packets in my purse, I was totally ready!

Breakfast:  Turkey wrapped in a Rudi’s tortilla.  Coffee (aka “life blood”)

Lunch:  Recipe testing!  I made a fresh loaf of a recipe I am working on (Quinoa & Honey – gluten free, of course).  Made a sandwich….and forgot to take picture as we raced out the door to our PT appointment.

Dinner:  Sushi!  (I had tamage, spicy scallop handroll, California handroll and some agadashi todu (minus the agadashi…LOL)  This photo shows the agadashi tofu that the girls ate.  Yum!

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Day 30

Breakfast:  Did I eat breakfast?  Ha!  That would explain why I devoured lunch!  No breakfast!

Lunch:  Shared an Udi’s Uncured Pepperoni Pizza.  Water.

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Dinner:  Spaghetti (Jovial pasta, Marinara sauce, ground beef), grapes, muskmelon.  Water  

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Today is the last day of this adventure.  I’m learning a lot about my own eating patterns.  I can see where I could improve. Overall, doing this has made me seriously curious about what others are eating everyday.  Bloggers tend to post something that strikes us or hits our fancy.  I tend to post when I can – but usually after working on a recipe of sorts.

My current recipe endeavor – the perfect quinoa & honey loaf – is off to a great start.  Now  just need more testers!  I wish you all lived closer.  Save me some calories and give me some input!  :D

-Kate

Gluten Free Everyday Eats: Day 18

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Day 18 lunch

Today we were up and out of the house early!  (Well…early for summer when I am not teaching.)  I had a doctor appointment. We had to run to Costco and then another stop…and home.  Breakfast was on the run.  I had to get the kids up and out of the house much earlier than they had to be in the most recent days.  By the time I got them fed and their snack packed, we had to go!  So breakfast?  Yeah.  That was more like a large cup of coffee. :D

What do you do for breakfast to go when you are late?  

Do you have two different breakfast plans?  

I do!  One for quick-grab and go breakfasts and the others for more leisurely mornings.   During the school year, I have a list of things that I tend to grab for breakfast.  I honestly am not a breakfast kind of person at 5:00AM – so I tend to take something I can eat at my desk at 7:00AM when I get to work.  As for the weekends or later mornings?  This is the list of breakfast foods I like.

Today…I kind of blew it on all breakfast fronts.  :D  

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Breakfast:  Water and a cup of coffee on the go.  

Snack:  Gluten free beef jerky and a glass of water.  NOT PICTURED:  handfuls of raspberries and a couple of strawberries from my Costco run. :D

Gluten Free Everday Eats:  Day 18

Lunch:  Seriously, I am eating this tomorrow.  Don’t be annoyed with the repetitive meal plan but MAN this was tasty!  I had roasted chicken with a tiny dab (seriously – a little bit!) of cream cheese between two cucumber slices.  The huge red grapes hit the spot too.  Water to drink.

Day 18 lunch

 

Dinner:  I had a huge salad, a 1/2 cup of steamed sticky rice and 1 grilled chicken thigh (not pictured).  Water to drink. 

Day 18 dinner

Are you getting sick of my meals yet?
Got any  inspiration for me?
:D

Day 18 feature

This was taken during my favorite part of the day.  Well…second favorite.  I loved watching my imps play with their doll house for over an hour together.

Happy GF Days, All – 
Kate