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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Eggless Almond Moon Cookies

Love at first bite. :)

It is hard to escape from the magic of festivities and the baking spree going on in the blogosphere during this holiday season. And yet this post is here not for that reason. The month of December and Christmas are special to me too, though not for the obvious reasons. I was brought into this world by my wonderful mother on Christmas day and my blog was also born this month. While I turned 30+ something this Sunday, my blog turned 5 a couple of weeks ago. And I thought of celebrating the occasions with these delicious, melt in the mouth kind cookies.

First of all I would like to mention that I am not good in gushing about things I have come to love in this culinary journey or present a dish emphatically / humorously to convey the "awesome"ness (if there is such a word) of a recipe. It is really hard for a person like me who loves to live in her own cocoon but still I would unabashedly love to proclaim that these cookies are really awesome. Just a bite into it, I knew that this is going to be one of those cherished recipes one would love to treasure. One of the local shows on TV featured these cookies as a part of holiday celebrations and I was instantly attracted to the recipe since they were eggless. After trying these cookies, I was so glad that I did not miss the show that day and could get hold of this amazing recipe. They are crunchy and at the same time have a crumbly and melt in mouth kind of texture. Just try them once and I am sure this would find a permanent place in your recipe repertoire.
Don't skip the sugar dusting; without it the cookies are barely sweet. At first bite, you think they are just subtly sweet but after completing the cookie, you realise that that is the right amount of sweetness you need in a cookie.

Ingredients: (Yield 28 cookies. I halved the recipe and got 15 cookies.)
Unsalted butter, warmed to room temperature - 2 sticks (16 tablespoons or 1 cup)
Confectioners' sugar or powdered sugar 1/4 cup + 1 cup for coating the cookies after they're baked (I used about 2 - 3 Tbsp for coating)
All-purpose flour - 2 cups
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp

Almonds, slivered, finely chopped - 1 cup

Prep work:
1. Put the butter out of the refrigerator a couple of hours before the cookies are made. Or nuke the butter in a microwave just to soften it.
2. Grease the baking sheets.
3. Sift the all purpose flour and sugar seperately. Keep aside.
4. Toast and chop the almonds.

1. Put the greased baking sheet(s) in the freezer. (I did this eventhough it was not mentioned. Somewhere in the prep work, it was mentioned that doughballs need to be placed in the refrigerator but I did not see the step mentioned in the recipe given. I therefore chilled the baking sheet.)
2. Cream the butter until it is light and fluffy. You can use a stand mixer / hand mixer.
3. Slowly add in the 1/4 cup sugar,  the flour, and the vanilla. Mix until well combined.
4. Turn off the mixer and slowly add the chopped almonds. Mix until the almonds are just combined, about 1 minute.

5. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
6. Use the cookie scoop to scoop out balls of dough, and place those balls 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Try not to touch the dough balls, as doing so will warm the dough. (I did not have a cookie scoop and so I just used a tablespoon. I quickly patted the dough into the measuring spoon using my fingertips and it did not matter.)

7. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 30 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly brown.

8. Cool the cookies completely on a wire rack. Pour the remaining 1 cup confectioners' sugar into a low bowl and roll the cooled cookies around in it until covered.
9. If they are not gone by the day they are made, take the trouble to store them in a sealed, airtight container at room temperature.

The cook mentioned that the dough can be frozen upto two months.

This is going to be my day 5 post in BM#11 with "holiday cooking" theme. Check here to find out what my fellow marathoners are cooking during this marathon.

These are being sent to the following events -
Bake Fest # 2, hosted by Sangee, originally started by Vardhini
Bake With Your Heart by Khushi
CC - Holiday Baking by Sravs
Christmas Delicacy by Julie
Let's Cook - Baked Goodies, an event by Radhika.
Sinful Delights hosted by Vardhini
Sweet Baked at Krithis and Dennys.



Unknown said...

Wow tempting cookies....bookmarked to try

The Pumpkin Farm said...

look super good

Shoutforfood said...

I REALLY enjoyed it!

Srivalli said...

Belated Happy birthday Suma, wish I had known this earlier to wish you on that day..well I can understand how this was love at first bite..I remember baking with almond flour with simple flour dough too..it was delicious and this looks so inviting..:)

Kavi said...

Wow! 5 years! Pretty impressive! congratulations! :) And these cookies look fantastic!
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Hari Chandana P said...

So tempting and beautiful cookies.. Yummy !!
Indian Cuisine

Priya Suresh said...

Belated birthday wishes Suma, cookies looks absolutely divine and quite addictive.

Aarthi said...

Delicious..Yummy one to try it asap


Nalini's Kitchen said...

Congrats...dear,the cookies are so cute and tempting,drooling here...bookmarked.

Harini said...

Belated Birthday Wishes, Suma. These cookies are definitely worth trying!!

Unknown said...

they look amazing!...Congrats on ur blog anniversary!.. Perfect way to celebrate!...Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Gayathri Kumar said...

Belated wishes for you and the blog. Cookies look absolutely delicious....

anjana said...

very cute and delicious cookies...

Vardhini said...

Happy blog anniversary and belated birthday wishes. Cookies look tempting.

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Kaveri Venkatesh said...

A belated happy birthday and a very happy Blog anniversary...Loved the name of these cookies..Would love to try them out.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Belated Birthday to Veggie Platter Suma!!!!! Cookies look great!!! Love that Shape!!!!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Sweet treat!

Pavani said...

Belated Happy Birthday Suma and happy blog anniversary. I've made similar cookies with almond meal and absolutely loved them, but they had egg whites in the. Your cookies look delicious..

Chef Mireille said...

these look so good...I love the shape!