Friday, March 20, 2009

cookies and tea

   Spring is here today!  Although it was a cold one I'm still glad it's sprung.  It's still been chilly but what better way then to relax with a hot cozy tea and these cashew almond spice cookies.  It was one of those things where I was doing my usual foodie mag read and came upon these little cookies, saw the photo of them, what they were and pretty much got right off the couch and started baking.  They are similar to french macaroons, but there is no need to whip the egg whites.  These couldn't be any easier.
happy weekend!

almond cashew biscuits

1/2 cups almonds/cashews
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup (all-purpose) flour
2 egg whites
raw sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 355d. Place the nuts, caster sugar, spices, and vanilla in a food processor and process until the nuts are finely chopped.  Add the flour and egg whites and process until combined.  Place the mixture in a piping bag and pipe rounds on a baking tray lined with baking paper.  Sprinkle with raw sugar and bake for 10-12 min or until light golden.

recipe adapted from Donna Hay mag.