Almond Shortbread Cookies


I received a very important question on my facebook page the other day:


Do you have any gluten free bakery recipes? Using real food? I am sick of all the gluten free desserts that are loaded up with other junk.


I completely agree! Cutting out or eliminating gluten can be an important, and sometimes lifesaving, step towards better health. However, many gluten free foods have incredibly long ingredient lists comprised of foreign items. In my quest for a gluten free cookie that was made with real whole food, I came up with this tasty tea cookie. Warning, you may just want to eat the dough, and I won't fault you for that. However, if you end up baking these you will be surprised by their lovely flavor. These can be made as indicated below, or rolled out and cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. It would also make a great whole food pie crust.


One of the ingredients that makes this cookie so yummy and satisfying is ghee. Ghee is a form of clarified butter that is essential in most Indian cooking. It is not hard to make but lately more and more stores are selling it. Ghee has a high smoking point (which means it can withstand higher heat without oxidizing), is a natural preservative and has great buttery flavor. It is lactose free so it is safe for those with lactose intolerance. Ghee is believed to stimulate the secretion of stomach acids to help with digestion and is rich with antioxidants. It aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals, strengthens the immune system and has anti-viral properties.


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INGREDIENTS
DIRECTIONS


Blend almonds in a mixer until they become the consistency of sand. Add baking soda and cinnamon and blend. Melt ghee and maple syrup together and add to the mix. Add your splash of vanilla extract. Blend


This is what it looks like at first.


And here, after continued blending, it is starting to come together as a loose dough.


Place dough in the center of a large piece of parchment paper and form into a log (I usually form a narrow log because I like them bite size). Make the log the size that you want your cookies to be.


Roll up the log tightly in the parchment paper and place in the freezer for an hour.


Preheat oven to 350°. Remove dough from the freezer and cut into slices.


Bake for about 7 minutes, maybe longer depending on your oven. Let them cool until they are crispy. Enjoy!


Note: You can use almond flour, or skinless almonds, to create a lighter dough. You can also add chopped pecans or hazelnuts to the dough to change the flavor. Cinnamon can be substituted with your favorite spice.

Also, this recipe is essentially enough to satisfy the snacking needs of two people. If you need more, double or triple the recipe. 

 

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27 comments:

Dana Riley said...

Cinnamon, almonds, ghee and maple syrup, I can smell them baking!

Chow and Chatter said...

looks great and what a wonderful answer to an important question

Tangled Noodle said...

I've made a couple of gluten-free cookies with rice and arrowroot flours but I love the almonds and ghee in this! Once again, you've created an extraordinary yet simple recipe - it's fantastic.

james said...

I agree with the facebook post. This is a really great recipe for what I am guessing is a very tasty cookie.

tasteofbeirut said...

I am so glad you posted this! I love almonds cookies and I would try these in a heartbeat even though I am not allergic to gluten!

Sook said...

Oh I love shortbread! I haven't tried the almond ones. They look incredible!

high low said...

Yum! I just made a shortbread-like cookie, but your almond version sounds divine - and it's gluten free!!

Kitchen M said...

I have a friend who has both Celiac disease and lactose intolerance. She would love this!! Thank you for sharing. :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tea cookie. I would so love one right now.

Angie's Recipes said...

Just look at these ingredients, I know how fragrant and delicious the cookies would taste!

Jeannie said...

Looks crunchy and yummy!

janet said...

Those are the perfect solution, and made from all real food:) They would be lovely with a cup of herbal tea!

Mother Rimmy said...

I don't bake often, but this looks like a recipe I could handle. I love the combination of ingredients!

Paula said...

This looks great and so easy! Thanks for posting the recipe. I've never made almond flour but have heard about it and think it's an awesome idea. You make it look easy. :o)

Thanks also for visiting and commenting on my blog. I appreciate it!

Sanjana said...

Stacy, these are great! I love that they have cinnamon... Yum!

Rachel J said...

I've recently been experimenting with crusts using almond meal, cooca powder and some times shortbread as well for a nutritious alternative, but this really takes it one step further. If I learn to make Ghee I'm def giving these a try! Cheers!

Divina Pe said...

You've come up with a great gluten-free shortbread cookies that are really full of goodness. Still experimenting with mine most especially when ingredients are hard to find.

theUngourmet said...

This cookie recipe looks delicious! I recently tried almond meal in my cookies and I just love it! I adore your teacup. I have one that looks almost just like it!

MaryMoh said...

This must be so full of crunch and flavour. Best...without flour...amazing! Thanks for sharing.

penny aka jeroxie said...

Seems like very crunchy biscuits. And good on you for baking some healthier version of gluten free cookies.

Julie said...

What a clever recipe...never would have thought of using ghee in a cookie. I'll have to give that a try!

MP said...

This looks delicious, and easy, too.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Yay for gluten-free baking! These sound amazing, and I can imagine eating a lot of the dough before they ever made it in the oven. Almonds and ghee? Sinfully tasty - but good for you!

Simply Life said...

oooh, those sound amazing!

5 Star Foodie said...

These cookies sound wonderful, I love that you made them with almonds!

My Little Space said...

The cookies look wonderful! Quite filing and nutritious. Well done, Stacy! Have a great day.
Blessings, Kristy

Gluten Free Chickadee said...

Love these shortbread cookies. They have become one of my favorite recipeies when I want something sweet, crunch and wholesome.

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