Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas To All!

Merry Christmas Everyone! I wish you all a wonderful day full of family, joy, laughter and most importantly of all...full stomachs. 

As most of us slip into our "turkey pants" by the end of dinner, I always appreciate a light little dessert to finish off Christmas right. A perfect combination for me is some fresh fruit (mandatory clementines) and some lovely Christmas baking. I thought I'd share a cookie I made this year that served this purpose perfectly. It was light and a bit crispy with a nice hint of sweetness. It was delicious served alongside some fruit, and could have also been nice drizzled with some dark chocolate.

Almond Oat Lace Cookies

They spread out quite a bit while baking and end up looking like little bits of sweet lace

Warning: they didn't stick together so well when I put them on the baking sheet, but once baked and cooled they were perfect!

1/2 C. almonds, chopped
2 Tbsp. Old-fashioned oats
6 Tbsp. Unsalted butter
6 Tbsp. Sugar
2 Tbsp. Brown sugar
1 1/2 Tsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Flour
1/4 Tsp. Salt

1.  Pulse the almonds and oats in a food processor into a course meal.
2.  Melt butter in a medium saucepan.  Add the regular sugar, brown sugar and honey, whisking until the sugar is dissolved.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.
3.  Remove the sugar mixture from the stove and add to it the nut/oat mixture, flour, and salt.
4.  Spoon 1 Tsp-sized portions of the mixture onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment.  Flatten each cookie with your hand.  
5.  Bake at 350ºF for 6 minutes.  Rotate the the sheets and bake an additional 4-6 minutes.  *Keep an eye on these.  Ass soon as they turn golden brown, take them out of the oven.  One minute can make the difference between a perfect cookie and a burnt one.

Original Recipe found here.

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