That rumbly continued for days, always occurring after a meal. Since peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bowls of oatmeal, pasta dinners, and cookie snacks were involved one way or another, I told her to cut out all wheat and oat products.
Wouldn't you know it, eliminating glutens seemed to do the trick. We officially have a Gluten-Free Girl in the house.
I am slightly sad. My Taste-Tester, Cheerleader and Fellow Cookie Lover now has severe limitations, but it has opened up a whole new world to me. I have started eyeing, researching and buying gluten-free products.
They are made from ground almonds, confectioner's sugar, and egg whites. This particular recipe also calls for 1 Tablespoon of flour. I put it in, as I didn't think it would bother The Daughter (she doesn't have celiac disease.) I'm sure it could be omitted without causing great change to the cookie. If you'd like a little citrus note, add 1 tablespoon grated orange zest.
GFG came home and joyfully gobbled down five of them.
Ricciarelli — Italian Almond Cookies
makes 30 cookies
6 ounces ground almonds*
1 3/4 cups confectioner's sugar, plus extra for rolling
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 egg whites, room temperature
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon grated orange zest, optional
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.
Combine the ground almonds, confectioner's sugar, baking powder, flour and kosher salt. Set aside the dry ingredients.
Using a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
Fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites. Add the almond extract and mix thoroughly.
Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll them to coat with confectioner's sugar. Place them on the prepared cookie sheets and flatten them slightly.
Bake for eight minutes or until slightly golden on the edges. Beware of over-baking, as they dry out easily. Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheets for five minutes and the move them to a wire rack to cool completely. They are definitely best on the day they are baked.
*I used Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal, bought at a local supermarket. If you can't find almond flour, you can grind your almonds at home. Buy blanched almonds, toast them for 5 minutes in a 350º oven. Let them cool, then, using a food processor, pulse them several times with 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar until they are a medium fine grind. Avoid over-processing, as the nuts will release oils.
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