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Posted on Dec 20, 2011 in Food, Recipes | 18 comments

Almond Tea Cookies

The Christmas countdown continues!

fam o 5

To celebrate the fact that there are a mere FIVE days before the best holiday evarrrr, I baked!

Have a cuppa

I started with something simple, easy, and delicate. These almond tea cookies were inspired by ones that I had the last time I was at Natalia’s, and are the perfect compliment to a cup of Christmas cheer tea.

Delectable

As I’ve alluded to many times, I LOVE the flavor of almond extract, so these cookies are pretty much the best thing ever to me. They’re not as sweet as a typical cookie either, which, given the nonstop sugar rush I’ve been riding since December 1st, is actually a welcome change.

Mixed

I did learn a few valuable lessons with the creation of this recipe. Namely, if you put these cookies on a baking sheet in haphazard, shapeless lumps…

Mish-mash

… you end up with haphazard, shapeless cookies.

Hot Mess

Food presentation fail.

Shapeless

Not to worry. though! A little rolling and some fork-scoring, and all was well with the world.

Rounded

Look how cute!

Almond Tea Cookies

Doubleplusbonus? They’re superduper tiny, so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating a lot of them, hehe. Well, okay, that might be wishful thinking on my part. I mean, they’re still like 40 calories per cookie for being such tiny little things. But still! Make them!

Ingredientastic

Almond Tea Cookies
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Makes ~40 mini cookies.

These adorable miniature cookies are light and airy, soft but crisp, and simply delightful! Feel free to decrease the amount of almond extract if you aren’t as obsessed with it as I am, but don’t skimp on the lemon zest — it adds a clean and bright flavor and makes these little cookies addictive!

Ingredients:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 teaspoons almond milk
Β½ cup granulated sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
1 heaping cup flour

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a standing mixer (or with a hand mixer), combine butter, extract, and milk. Add sugar and cream together on medium-low speed. Mix in lemon zest.

2. With the mixing speed on low, add flour in small batches until dough is fully combined. It should have a somewhat sticky consistency, so if you find it is too dry, add a tiny splash more milk.

3. Roll into half-inch balls and place on a nonstick cookie sheet. Flatten slightly and score with a fork. Bake for 12 minutes, or until edges are crisp.

4. Let cool, then dust with powdered sugar if you like. Enjoy!

Nutritional info per cookie: 42 calories, 2 g fat, 5 g carbs, 0.4 g protein. WW Points+: 1.

Stacked

With such a short bake time and the fact that you essentially a million of them at once, these would make a great edible gift. Stack them inside a teacup, wrap in cellophane and pair with a box of teabags — but don’t forget to save a few for yourself!

18 Comments

  1. That is such a great gift idea. My mother loves tea and cookies before bed, so I know she would appreciate something besides the Chips Ahoy my father cant part with.

  2. For some reason I just got really excited when I saw that there are only 5 days until Christmas! Okay – not “for some reason” because obviously it’s the best day of the year – but I don’t know why I just now got really excited about it. 5 days! YES!

  3. I would have still eaten the “ugly” cookies- in my experience, sometimes the uglier it looks, the better it tastes! Those are very cute, though. I imagine they have a very subtle hint of lemon, which sounds just perfect. I’m also a big fan of the fact that there are only 6 ingredients.

    • Oh, don’t worry. The ugly ones definitely still got eaten. Waste not, want not! πŸ™‚

  4. Those are adorable… and fancy! great giftable too as you said!

    • Just let me work on recipes for crumpets and scones, and we’ll be able to have a real English tea! Squeee!

    • Trial and error, trial and error. πŸ˜›

  5. These look terrific! I wonder if they’d work with almond flour. Lotta almond but a lotta good

  6. Ohhh. Yeah. Purrrfect little cookie! Easy peasy. I shall bake em up real soon.

    Honestly Gretchen? The odd-shapers are best. Really. Cookies do not have to look alike. Mandatory to taste delicious though!

    Okay folks. HANUKKAH! Light candles. Time to get those fryin pans sizzlin. Make the latkes! In a wee bit, I will prepare regular potato-veggie latkes. So many flavors to do. My favs = sweet potato, also apple latkes w/some green onion bits. Good.

    BEST HOLIDAYS to you and yours Gretchen!

    P.S. Did everyone send MAX a Christmas card? YAY!

  7. Yummmm. If I wasn’t totally over baking right now, I would be making these right this second! Bookmarking for the future πŸ˜‰

    • Yup! Just a lot of tinkering and fiddling around. I tried looking at some recipes online but all the ones I was finding called for like shortening/Crisco/stuff I didn’t want to use so I just kinda winged it. Success! πŸ™‚

  8. that’s freaken. I love baking but I could never just create a recipe. by the way, I enjoyed your table props πŸ™‚ (referencing when we met up and you said how you weren’t in to the table prop picture taking.. but you’re getting there πŸ™‚ )

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