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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 16

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Happy 3rd Birthday!

Happy 3rd Birthday!

Happy birthday to my littlest imp….Life has not been the same since 11:50PM on July 16, 2010 and I wouldn’t change a thing.

I saved up my calories today because we went out to eat for birthday dinner.  So glad I did!  Lunch (for me) consisted of cupcake tasting.  Ha!  Does that count?  :D

GFEveryday

 

Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs with a bit of parmesan and garlic, handful of gluten free tortilla chips and 3/4 cup of grapes. Coffee.  Definitely coffee.  :D

Day 16 breakfast

(This is by far the most bizarre purple hued picture ever.)

Lunch:  Honestly, I was too busy feeding little people and attempting to create a new cupcake recipe to eat.  Don’t worry, I made up for it by eating a cupcake fresh out of the oven. All in the name of recipe creation. :D

Day 16 birthday cupcakes feature

Dinner:  (At a chain restaurant with a gluten free menu and remarkably, a knowledgeable server.  joy!)  Appetizer:  chips and “queso blanco” (Not really a word in Spanish – just a melted white cheese with peppers, etc).  Dinner:  Wedge salad with Green Goddess dressing and a 4 ounce blackened sirloin.  (I didn’t eat the potatoes in the photo…they were…ummm… strange texture and I passed.)  Water with dinner and an Irish Whiskey (sans the  non-gluten free canned whipping cream).

Day 16 dinner

Day 16 coffee

Dessert:  After some evening games and joy, we sat down to some birthday cupcakes.  (Whipped cream “frosting”)  They were yummy and spongy.  I think we’ve found a new recipe.  :D  My husband says they taste like a “soft French chiffon” ….  I just think it tasted lovely.  I don’t worry about the comparison – but it is helpful to have someone who can give better descriptions that I around when I’m trying to write things up!  :D

Day 16 birthday cupcake dessert

Hope you all had a wonderful, gluten free Tuesday!
-Kate

 

Gluten Free Everyday Eats – Day 15

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Day 15 feature

Busy day today… my favorite part was when my eldest checked in for physical therapy by announcing that “Padawan Zoe” was checking in to see “Master Yoda”.  Boy, did that receptionist get a kick out her!  :D  Hope you had some good chuckles in your day today too!

We were on the last of the veggies.  Apparently I was so fruit happy at the Farmer’s Market that I failed to buy my weekly veggies.  Tomorrow we might need to head to the market for some salad greens, etc.  But today?  No way.  Other items on the agenda list!

Birthday balloons ordered?  Check!

Birthday cake planned?  Check!  (The birthday girl wants to help make it.)

Presents wrapped?  Check!

Momma ready to crash?  way more than check!

GFEveryday

 

Breakfast:  Greek yogurt with blueberries/raspberries and part of a quesadilla.  Coffee and water to drink.  

Day 15 breakfast

Lunch:  Steamed sesame tilapia with carrots and brown rice.  Water to drink.  (PS.  Made in the rice cooker!)

Day 15 lunch

Dinner:  Two egg, cheese-free “egg-a-dills”, red grapes and water to drink.  A white peach as well.

Day 15 dinner

 

Not pictured today?  The lovely Rain City Crunch granola I am munching on while I type.  My snack for the evening with some water.  

Hope you all had a great day!
-Kate