It’s not often that I have spare almond meal around the house. Usually the expensive delicious flour is gone in 60 seconds around here. But I bought a massive bag for a bargain, so I’ve been using it a lot. These cookies are a lot like lemony shortbread, the almond meal makes them a hint nutty and makes the texture slightly grainier, but nicely so. They’re pretty quick and I find a glaze really takes a cookie to the next level.
- 1 1/4 c flour
- 1/2 c almond meal
- 1/2 c powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp lemon zest
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c butter at room temperature
Combine the dry ingredients- the flour, almond meal, sugar and salt, then add the lemon zest and juice, mix well. The lemon zest will rub into the dry ingredients and really make everything nice and lemony. Add the butter and egg and mix until it forms a smooth dough. But not too much mixing. Roll the dough out into a flat disc, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for about 1/2 hour. (Please note – sometimes when I make this dough, it’s a little sticky, I think it depends on how moist the almond meal is – so you can add a Tbsp more flour if this happens)
Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC) and line a baking tray.
Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface to a nice 1/4 inch, just over 1/2 cm. Thickish is nice, I find. Cut out all the dough into whatever shape cookie cutter you have. At this point I like to put the whole tray of cut cookies into the freezer for just a couple minutes, to chill everything again after working the dough for cutting. Then pop into the oven for 12 – 15 minutes. (Mine usually take closer to 15).
For the glaze:
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 c powdered/icing sugar
Mix these two together until nice and smooth. When the cookies are totally cool, ice using the back of a spoon. We eat them right away, but the glaze should set after about 15 minutes.
Song for this recipe:
Lianne La Havas is a wonderful young singer from the UK, her new album is called Is your love big enough? I think it’s really a great listen. I guess she sounds a little like bits of Corine Baily Ray, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Laura Marling or even a little Nina Simone. Anyway you get the idea. Seems like there are many many lovely solo girls singing beautiful songs these days. I like Lianne though, because she’s a little quirky and you can have a little dance to some of her songs too. Plus on a side note – Forget is my favourite song on the album.Tags: glazed lemon almond cookies, lemon almond biscuits, lemon almond meal cookies, lemony glaze