St. Francis of Assisi savored almond treats so much it is believed he asked for them on his death bed. These cookies are full of almond goodness. They are chewy with a tinge of honey through out. Add powdered sugar to give them a snowy effect.
I enjoyed reading a spectacular book called Dinner Party with the Saints. What if Sixteen Saints gathered for a dinner party in heaven? As they await the guest of honors arrival, you get a up front seat of what these saints would be like, how they interacted and what they might have prepared.
I have to say that most of the recipes you find in this book you may already have the ingredients in you pantry. If not most are readily available at the nearest supermarket.
What particularly caught my eye was the Honey Almond Cookies that Saint Francis of Assisi brought for this very special occasion. Saint Francis holds a special place in my heart because he is the patron saint of ecology and animals. You can find those Honey Almond Cookies in chapter 11. You can get the book here.
Honey Almond Cookies
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup powdered sugar to be sprinkled over cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper (or spray with cooking spray or grease with butter or oil)
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar for 3 minutes using a electric or hand mixer. Scrape down side of bowl with spatula.
Add the egg, honey, almond extract, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Mix on high speed for 3 minutes.
Mix almond flour, all purpose flour and salt in a small bowl. Add to creamed butter mixture, mix on low speed until just combined.
Scoop out a tablespoon at a time, (or use a small scoop) onto a cookies sheet, 2 inches apart.
Bake 10-12 minutes on center rack of oven. When done they will be light golden brown on the top and lightly browned along the edges. Remove from oven and allow to rest for a few minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Transfer to cooling racks.
Peace be with you,