Italian Almond Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
Note: From winner William Teresa of Minneapolis. “These are not quite traditional Ricciarelli [pronounced REACH-a-RELL-ee], and nothing can replace the context of a loving Italian family,” Teresa wrote in his entry. “But I think these are some of the tastiest cookies I’ve ever had. Almost every person who’s tried them — and there have been many — has asked for the recipe, so I thought you might like it too.” Almond flour (or blanched almond meal) is available in the specialty flours section of most supermarkets.
• 1 egg white
• 2 1/4 c. almond flour
• 3/4 c. granulated sugar
• Zest of 1 large lemon
• 1/2 tsp. honey
• 1 tsp. almond extract
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• Powdered sugar, for coating
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high speed (or using a whisk and beating by hand), beat egg white until soft peaks form.
In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, granulated sugar and lemon zest. Stir in beaten egg white, honey, almond extract and vanilla extract, and knead into a ball of dough (dough will be slightly sticky). Roll dough into a 1-inch thick log. Using a sharp knife, cut log at 1/2-inch intervals and form dough into egg-shaped cookies.
Fill a shallow bowl with powdered sugar. Roll cookies in powdered sugar, coating all sides and gently tapping off excess powdered sugar.
Place cookies 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets (cookies spread only slightly) and bake until only slightly browned with a cracked exterior, about 15 to 20 minutes. Do not overbake. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes before transferring cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.