Almond Cookies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

  • 3 cups ground almonds
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • icing sugar for dusting, about ½ cup (optional)
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 26 whole almonds
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine ground almonds, sugar, salt and lemon zest. Mix well. Add the extracts and egg whites and mix until you get a soft, sticky dough. Roll the dough into balls, about 1 tablespoon each. Roll balls in icing sugar if you want to. Place on baking sheet and press 1 almond into each cookie.

Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until lightly golden around bottom edges.  Cool completely on baking sheets.