These Soft Almond Cookies are soft and reminiscent of bite size little almond cakes – delicious and delicate! Perfect to end a romantic dinner or start a day with a cup of coffee.
Two dessert posts in a row can only mean one thing – it’s some kind of holiday or event on horizon. It’s February and I’m looking forward to this year’s Valentine’s Day. I’m not really into this holiday actually but I spent a few hours yesterday going through hundreds of iPhone photos and making a photo book of my baby’s first difficult six months and the estimated delivery day is February 14th. So, this year I’m really looking forward to that date.
I actually think that I’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day more often than not over the next few years. I wrote a few times about traditions and I hope to have as many celebrations with my baby as possible. I want her to have memories of silly red hearts and pink candies and maybe balloons and flowers in February even if it’s an artificial holiday that makes not much sense. Celebrating love as a family is something I am now really looking forward to experience.
Once again I teamed up with a group of bloggers for a Valentine’s Day collaboration and I am happy to be part of a delicious collection of Valentine’s Day recipes from breakfast to dessert #FoodBlogGenius.
Be sure to check all other delicious Valentine’s Day recipes:
Strawberry Chocolate Pancakes from Sarah – The Fit Cookie
Stuffed French Toast with Ricotta and Berries from Kirsten – Treat Yourself Sweeter
Strawberry Mimosas from Arlene – Flour on My Face
Spicy Shrimp Pasta from Melissa – My Wife Can Cook
Slow Braised Red Wine Lamb Stew with Moroccan Spices from Gloria – Homemade and Yummy
Easy Blackberry Mousse from Veena – Veena Azmanov
If you are making a romantic dinner and want to finish the meal with something delicious and chocolate then I urge you to try my lighter Chocolate Kefir Cake but if chocolate isn’t your thing and you want something light and delicious and sweet and fun to eat then Soft Almond Cookies will hit the spot!
I remember first three things I cooked for my husband. I made date chutney to bring to his place to accompany cheese and wine. He politely ate a tiny bit but not more. Later I found out that he doesn’t like savoury and seeet flavour combination. Third time I cooked dinner for him; I don’t remember what I made as the main course but i started the meal with Lentil soup which he adored and finished the whole pot. In between chutney and soup I baked these Soft Almond Cookies. I remember A. taking a bite and saying that they reminded him of something from childhood. Later, once I became a fixture at his family gatherings, I found out what he meant. Dutch have lots of almond desserts and these cookies reminded him of those familiar Dutch flavours.
I made these Soft Almond Cookies many times, trying different dairy and playing with amount of almonds and flour. Funny enough, cookies turn out equally delicious with any dairy I use. I made them with sour cream, mixture of kefir and plain yogurt, and greek/balkan style thick yogurt. As usual I tried to reduce sugar a bit from my original version. These cookies are soft and remind me of bite size little almond cakes – delicious and delicate! Perfect to end a romantic dinner or start a day with a cup of coffee because on Valentine’s Day you can have cookies for breakfast! It’s the rule!
Soft Almond Cookies
- 1/2 cup minus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (plain thick or greek)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon butter (melted)
- 1 cup almond flour (ground almonds)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl whisk together sugar and yogurt really well.
- Add egg and melted butter and mix.
- Add almond flour, regular flour and baking powder and whisk until well mixed.
- Add almond extract and mix.
- Scoop small spoonfuls of batter onto a prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. I use a small ice cream scoop.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on the oven. My oven takes longer so I bake closer to 20 minutes.
- Cool and enjoy.