I love almonds. These eye shaped nuts do wonders for our body. I usually try and increase the use of nuts in my diet during winters to get nourishment to keep it warm. When it comes to incorporating nuts in a tasteful manner, i think nothing can be better than some good old nutty cookies to go with your evening chai latte.
Well, i do use almonds in many other ways at home. I usually roast and powder some almonds and use them in various savory stews, phat thai, breads, salads and off course in desserts. For those who do not like to consume nuts in the original format, this can be an easy trick to make sure they get their nutty nourishment.
These cookies are sensational. Not only do they look good, they taste amazing. The almonds on baking releases a light and exotic oil which makes these cookies glow with goodness. I made my cookies thin so they turn out really crispy and they compliment my ginger tea well.
Saffron Almond Cookies
Preparation time : 10 minutes
Baking time : 5-8 minutes per batch of cookies
Makes : 50 thin cookies
- 1 1/2 cups of All purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of Almonds
- 12-15 walnuts – chopped, roughly (optional. I use them because it gives a nice aroma and texture to these cookies)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup/ sugar (i used maple syrup)
- 1/3 cup butter (melted)
- 4-5 strands of saffron (optional) – Soak the strands in 1 tsp of lukewarm milk for atleast 10 minutes before using
- 1 tsp almond essence
- 1- 2 tsp All spice, as per choice (to make your own all spice, mix equal quantities of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and grind to a fine powder)
- Take a saucepan. Put it to medium high heat and add almonds in it. Dry roast for 2-3 minutes while tossing them in between. Remove from pan and let it completely cool down. You will notice that the almonds have become crunchy.
- Grind these into a rough powder. Reserve. I used mortar+pestle for grinding so that some pieces are slightly bigger in size which will add a nice texture to these cookies.
- Now, take a bowl. Add in all purpose flour, almond powder, chopped walnut, all spice and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, mix in the melted butter, maple syrup, almond essence and saffron (with milk). Mix till the mixture is homogenous.
- Now adding a little at a time, combine this with the flour and form into a brittle dough. While you add in the liquid mixture, it may feel that the liquid is less but keep folding in till everything is mixed well. If the dough is not forming yet, add in 2-3 tsp of milk.
- Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes . Meanwhile pre-heat your oven set to 250 F.
- For shaping the cookies, you can either use a cookie cutter or just form circular shapes with your palms. To use a cutter, take some dough in between 2 plastic films and flatten out into about 5 mm thickness using a rolling pin.
- Now use the cookie cutter shape of your choice and gently cut out profiles.
- Place the cookies on a greased baking tray. Keep about 1 cm gap between each cookie for even baking.
- Pop the tray into the oven and let the cookies bake for about 8-10 minutes. The time will vary depending on the thickness of the cookie so check in between while baking the first batch, the cookies will turn a little brownish on the bottom and a light brown on the top.
- Remove from the oven and transfer on a cooling tray. Repeat the process with the entire cookie dough. Let the cookies cool down completely.The cookies will appear soft and fragile when they just come out of the oven but as it cools down, they will get crunchy and firm up nicely.
The cookies can be stored for atleast 1 week but i bet you these cookies are so delicious that you would have a hard time controlling your temptations for them and they will disappear really quick !