Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Italian Almond Cookies



These delicious gluten-free cookies won the Star Tribune holiday cookie contest.  I would call these marzipan cookies, because that is what they taste like. When I tasted the first batch I thought, "I've made these before."  Sure enough, these cookies taste very much like some marzipan and pine nut Easter cookies I used to make.  The problem with that recipe is that it requires a pound of expensive marzipan, while this recipe starts with less costly almond meal.  (Buy Honeyville blanched almond flour online.)

These are the kind of cookies you can make every year.  They are quick and easy to bake and nearly foolproof.  Besides, they taste amazing (if you're a fan of marzipan) and will be eaten very quickly.  The lemon zest is a touch of genius, don't omit it!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Date Balls


These date balls are a healthy sweet treat, a little like energy bar bites.  Try different combinations of nuts--I used pistachios instead of the cashews recommended in the recipe in this batch.  You can also spice them up with cinnamon, cardamom or nutmeg.  Roll the balls in cocoa powder or cinnamon sugar to gild the lilly.  There is no end of combinations!  They would make a festive addition to the holiday table.