Almond Cookies is one of the best available cookies that can be made using simple ingredients. It is quite easy and quick to make; and it is so soft, chewy, yummy and tasty!
In preparing this delicious cookie, three different types of almonds are employed to give the right flavor. These are ground almonds, sliced almonds and almond extract. The ground almond is to provide the desire spotted texture to the cookies while the almond extract will provide the almond flavor. The sliced almond which will be placed on top of the cookies will provide extra crunchiness.
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- sliced almonds
- 2 tsp almond extract
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2c white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- The oven is preheated to 200o C (or 400o F).
- Cream the sugar and butter together in a large bowl. Add almond extract, almonds and egg.
- Add flour gradually and mix continuously until all the ingredients are mixed properly.
- Drop the mixed ingredients 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets with the aid of a cookie scoop.
- Put 2 sliced almonds on each of the cookies.
- Bake at 400o F until the cookies are slightly brown colored in about 7-8 minutes.
- Calories 90 Calories from Fat
- Carbohydrates 9g 3%
- Sugar 4g 4%
- Protein 1g 2%
- Cholesterol 16mg 5%
- Fat 5g 8%
- Saturated Fat 2g 13%
- Iron 0.4mg 2%
- Vitamin A 130 IU 3%
- Sodium 36mg 2%
- Potassium 9mg 1%
- Calcium 8mg 1%
Health Benefits of Almond Cookies
If you examine the nutritional content of the above Almond Cookies recipe, it does contain essential nutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats), as well as some minerals and vitamins, but not in appropriate proportions. While the carbohydrate and the fat content are high, the protein content is low. Also, it does not have any considerable fiber content. It cannot therefore be said to be a balanced diet. A balanced diet is essential for the maintenance of the normal function of body cells, tissues and organs. An unbalanced diet can result in various health problems like chronic fatigue, organ malfunction, and lack of energy.
Other desirable health benefits of a healthy cookie such as low sugar content, low cholesterol, low fat content and high fiber content are also not provided in the above recipe. The recipe has a high sugar and fat content. It therefore has relatively high calories content. The undesirable effect of these is that if this particular type of almond cookie is addicted to and therefore consumed in high quantity overtime, it can have an adverse effect to the health of an individual. In such circumstances, constant high calories intake can result in obesity and when combined with high fat and sugar intake, it can constitute a risk factor of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
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