Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Low Carb Almond Cookies That Everyone Will Love


quick almond cookies
It doesn't have to be a holiday to enjoy these lower carb delicious almond cookies. They are easy to make, flour-less, low in carbs and although simple, they are amazingly tasty. This gluten free recipe contains only 3 basic ingredients and no grains or flours of any kind.

With a prep time of only 5 minutes and a cook time of only 8- 10 minutes, this quick and easy cookie can be whipped up at the spur of the moment for your family or friends throughout the holidays or to bring to a party!

sliced almond cookies

My good friend and neighbor Yda,who is an amazing cook, gave me this recipe
Her recipe uses strictly almonds, sweetener and egg white.  Personally, I reduced the sugar and added some chopped dried fruit that I diced into small pieces. I've posted her basic recipe at the end of the post as well as my adaptations.

Where do you get large bags of sliced almonds at a reasonable price? 
You can purchase bags of sliced almonds at Trader Joe. Their prices are reasonable, and they are also available online on Amazon Trader Joe's Raw Sliced Almonds - If you don't live near a Trader Joe, this is a real help to be able to take advantage of the convenience and savings online.

In addition, Costco sells large bags of sliced almonds which work great in this recipe.

My parchment paper is unbleached to avoid the toxins that are in bleached white parchment paper. I use a non - bleached parchment paper that I buy for 5.99 a roll in a local supermarket. I noticed that they sell the same brand online at Amazon for 4 rolls IF YOU CARE 100% Unbleached Silicone Parchment Paper, 70-Foot Roll (Pack of 4) for $21.14.

I live in a high traffic area in the winter, so I depend on Amazon Prime for convenience as well better prices. With Amazon Prime, I usually get my order in 2 days with free shipping!

The Recipe

Author of Gluten Free A-Z Blog: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
Makes: 1 dozen cookies


Ingredients: 
1 cup of sliced almonds
2 egg whites, mixed with a fork (do not beat egg whites)
1/2 cup of coconut crystal sugar (which is lower carb than regular sugar)
Optional: reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup and add 1/2 cup of chopped dried fruit of choice ( chopped dates, chopped raisins, or chopped dried cranberries)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large mixing bowl mix with a fork sliced almonds, white of the 2 eggs that has been mixed lightly with a fork, and coconut or regular sugar. Place spoonfuls on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies look crisp. Watch carefully so they do not burn.

Optional: reduce sugar to 1/4 cup and add 1/2 cup of chopped dried fruit of choice ( chopped dates, chopped raisins, or chopped dried cranberries)

Mix (do not beat) the egg white slightly with a fork
sliced almonds
Add the almonds and or optional dried fruit

almond cookies on a cookie sheet
Drop by spoonfuls on a lined cookie sheet 

almond cookies














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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Hanukkah and Blender Latke Recipe

It' s Hanukkah - Let Your Light Shine Bright



See my traditional family Chanukah latke recipe that my mother used to make in the blender! Quick easy and delicious.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Star

My Wordless Wednesday Selection

Opposite Rockefeller Center in NYC is a Swarovski display with the information about the huge  Swarovksi crystal star the tops the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree each year

Quite interesting and spectacular

Friday, December 1, 2017

Gluten Free Rugelach

tray of gluten free regalach



Have you heard of rugelach? 
They are a traditional Eastern European pastry with a Yiddish name that means little twists or rolled things. Traditionally they are made with butter, sour cream or cream cheese, flour and sugar.
This is a gluten free (and vegan) version of the real thing that is quite tasty.

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