Chocolate almond cookies

22 December 2011
by Phuoc

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year already. Is it just me or has time flown by us very quickly? Only a few more sleeps until Christmas. Who else is excited?

With Christmas lurking around the corner, I’ve managed to avoid the horrid shopping centres for the sake of my sanity. However I still find there’s still a sense of urgency within me. This year I’ve decided to bake something for Christmas Day at Ant’s. Seeing as I kind of had to bake something gluten-free and didn’t really want to bake a cake, I chose to make macarons. I haven’t had that much success in the past making them, so you’d think I’d be crazy to push myself to make them for Christmas. Oh well… I’m up for a challenge. Within a week, I’m up to testing my 4th batch! I’ll have one last go this Friday with the French method as it appears to be somewhat “working” for me, otherwise I’ll just have to bake a gluten-free tart of some sort. Wish me luck or give me advice!!!

Macarons aside, I’ve been trying to bake other things for Christmas and thought of making something I could give as a gift. The idea of freezing the cookie dough log and giving it as a gift came about when I was looking through the cookbook Baked – New Frontiers in Baking and made a mental note to do it sometime. So for those who need a last minute gift and want to avoid the crazy crowds; give these a go!

These cookies are quick and easy to whip up. Feel free to substitute the toasted almonds for anything you fancy or whatever you have on hand.

Now here comes the fun part. The gift wrapping! As of late, I’ve been getting addicted to Japanese washi tape to decorate gifts and packaging. Washi tape is a transparent paper tape that comes in many beautiful colours and patterns. I’ve been ordering my tapes online but have managed to find them in Typo as well. I love how these tapes can turn ordinary packaging into something a bit more special.

Just incase I don’t get another chance to blog before the end of the year… Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Indulge with good food, wine and company. All the best!

Recipe

Recipe from Okashi by Keiko Ishida

Makes about 40 cookies

 

40g almond flakes or slivers

120g unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup (70g) icing sugar

Pinch of salt

1 egg yolk

150g flour

3 tbsp (20g) cocoa powder

White sugar, for coating

 

  1. Preheat oven to 160C (320F). Place almonds on a baking tray and bake for 15mins, until golden brown.
  2. Beat butter, icing sugar and salt until combined.
  3. Add egg yolk and mix well.
  4. Incorporate flour and cocoa powder into the butter mixture.
  5. Fold toasted almonds through.
  6. Divide dough in half, place each portion on cling wrap and shape into a 4-5cm (~2inch) diameter log. Refrigerate for about 30mins. [I found that rolling the log within the cling wrap shapes it better and that the cookie cuts easier if the log is chilled longer]
  7. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  8. Roll log in white sugar and cut dough into 1cm (1/2 inch) thick pieces.
  9. Bake cookies for 20mins. Remove from tray and cool on wire rack.
  10. Cookies can be stored in air-tight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.

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20 Comments

  1. Tina @ bitemeshowme

    Love the photos Phuoc :) Love how you wrapped them up and gave little instructions. Adorable.

  2. john@heneedsfood

    Ooh they’re like little cookie bonbons. Love it!

  3. Paula

    What a great idea! And the packaging is so cute!

  4. nic@diningwithastud

    What a fab gift!! I was looking at combining the dry ingredients in a mason jar but this is SO much better :D guess what my family will be getting on Sunday ;) haha

  5. Christina @ The Hungry Australian

    These are just so gorgeous, Phuoc.

    I love the idea of giving something that people have to cook themselves. And your packaging is just too cute.

    Beautiful!

  6. betty

    what a great xmas gift i love the wrapping too!

  7. chocolatesuze

    that’s bloody brilliant! love the wrapping too!

  8. Jacq

    Merry Christmas Phuoc! Love the idea of giving cookie dough as a gift and I think you’re wise to avoid the shops at this time of year!

  9. Tina@foodboozeshoes

    Cookie dough logs?! What a gorgeous idea!! Although I know a few friends who would chew right into the dough and not bother with the baking part… Merry Christmas, Phuoc!

  10. catty

    How’d your cookies stay so flat and pretty!!! Never mind, have a wonderful wonderful xmas… and hope to see you more in 2012! xx

  11. Phuoc

    Tina: Thanks :)

    John: I know aye? Me too!

    Paula: Thanks!

    Nic: Thanks! I’ve yet to do that for a gift as well (saw it on Bakerella ages ago and thought it was a great idea) Love it, I hope they enjoy it :)

    Christina: Thank you! I love making and giving gifts like these to friends so they can have freshly baked goods whenever they want.

    Betty: Thanks :)

    Chocolatesuze: Thanks!

    Jacq: You’d be mad to face those crowds; I get agro with the pushing and shoving, not being able to find parking etc.. Hope you have an awesome Christmas!

    Tina: HAHAHA one of my friends that I gave this to was contemplating on just eating the dough too. Funny! Hope you have an awesome one!

    Catty: lol thanks darl! I think the trick is to have the log in the fridge for at least 15 minutes so that it’s firm before you cut into it; trust me, I tried cutting a few pieces prior to this (when the log was semi-soft) and the cookies would squish up into an oval instead of remaining circular. Hope you have a merry chrissy too!

  12. Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul

    These are a beautiful idea Phuoc! All the best for the festive season!

  13. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    That wrapping is fabulous! I need to make these to give as gifts next year.

  14. Phuoc

    Peter: Thanks! Wishing you an awesome one. Take care!

    Sylvie: Thanks, you should definitely make them for any occasion. I’ve saved a few logs for upcoming birthdays

  15. Food is our religion

    These are such a fun gift to wrap up and give away as presents!!

  16. Phuoc

    Food is our religion: They are indeed :)

  17. Wendy @ obesebaby

    wow thats a perfect Xmas present! merry Xmas to you and the family.

  18. Phuoc

    Wendy: Thanks! I hope you had a good one too.

  19. Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    What a fantastic Christmas pressie. I had never thought of giving bake your own biscuits before, love it!

  20. Phuoc

    Sara: I love giving edible gifts and as of late, I really like giving gifts friends can bake whenever they want.

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