|Preparation time||20 min|
|Cooking Time||15 min|
|Ready In||35 min|
|Level of Difficulty||Easy|
These cookies are made with almond flour, sugar, eggs, and sometimes lemon zest, and they are usually shaped into small round balls before being baked in the oven.
The almond flavor is the highlight of these cookies, and the texture is typically light and crispy on the outside with a slightly chewy center. Some variations may include additional ingredients such as cinnamon or vanilla, and they may be decorated with almonds or dusted with powdered sugar.
Portuguese almond cookies are often enjoyed as a snack or dessert with a cup of coffee or tea. They are also a popular souvenir for visitors to Portugal to take home as a tasty reminder of their trip.
This recipe makes 24 cookies.
- A baking sheet should be lined with parchment paper and the oven should be preheated to 350°F (175°C).
- In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, sugar, and salt.
- The egg whites should be whisked until firm peaks form in a different bowl.
- Fold the egg whites into the almond flour mixture, along with the almond extract, until everything is well combined.
- Scoop out about 1 tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball with your hands.
- The balls should be spaced about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. If desired, press a sliced almond onto the top of each cookie for decoration.
- The edges should be slightly browned after baking for 12 to 15 minutes.
- On the baking sheet, the cookies should cool for five minutes before being transferred to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Recipe Credit: Paula Costa