OMGosh, I'm addicted to these biscuits, I made them for friends as a gift when we went for dinner and now I can't stop making them. I have a feeling that everyone will be getting a parcel of these from me this christmas.
Because they are made with just almonds, icing sugar and egg white they have a light crisp outer shell and a soft chewy middle a bit like a macaron, what's not to like? As they are so irresistible this batch makes quite a lot but why mess about, lets face it they'll get eaten before you can give them away.
Give them a go and you too will be making small hampers of them as gifts this year.
300g Icing Sugar
230g Ground Almonds
2 Egg Whites
1 tsp Almond Extract
100g Flaked Almonds
Icing Sugar to Dust
In a bowl combine the icing sugar, ground almonds, egg whites and almond extract. I use my free standing mixer. It will come together into a thick paste.
Scoop out a large teaspoon of the mix and roll in your palm to form a ball, about the size of a walnut. Now role the the ball in the flaked almonds and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Repeat until you have used all the mixture. I found it easier to make all the balls then role them in the almonds as you get a but sticky. Give them enough room on the parchment to spread a little.
Once they are all made, give them a liberal dustin with icing sugar and bake for 15 minutes at 160C Fan. Dust again with icing sugar and leave to cool a little on the baking tray before transferring to a cooling rack. try to resist having one straight away, ok, maybe just one :)