06 March 2012

Cookies: Almond Nuggets with Chocolate Drizzle
















From Denny:  Chocolate and almonds are the ideal combination for a cookie.  This is basically a sugar cookie with sliced almonds that makes for a stiff dough.

It is a simple exercise of dropping the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet - so that makes it easy even for beginner bakers.  The chocolate comes in when you ice the cookie with bittersweet chocolate that has been melted together with real butter and almond extract.

What's amusing is how the recipe creator actually thinks these mere 24 cookies will last long enough to make it into a covered container.  Bring your friends! :)




Almond Nuggets with Chocolate Drizzle

From:  Spice Islands

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size:  1 nugget (cookie)

Yields: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons Spice Islands Vanilla Extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds

  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


Directions

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Spray baking sheets with cooking spray.

Whisk eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract in a medium bowl. Add baking powder, and blend thoroughly. Stir in flour and almond slices and mixing until completely combined. The batter will be stiff.

Drop by heaping teaspoon onto baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges of the nugget start to brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Melt chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; stirring constantly. Add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Drizzle chocolate over top of each nugget. Store in tightly covered container.






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