For me, these cookies will always remind me of my grandmother's unconditional love. It felt right to make them today - on the anniversary of her death. While I miss her beyond words, I felt close to her, and I could almost hear her praising my ingenuity and perseverance at finding the recipe..... praising me as only a grandmother can do. I hope you enjoy them.
Almond Cardamom Cookie Bites (Hajee Badoom)
- 150g of icing sugar
- 200g of almond flour (which is essentially just ground blanched almonds)
- 3 egg yolks
- just a trace of egg white (1/4 of the white you would find in 1 egg)
- 3/4 tsp ground cardamom (be sure to use fresh ground cardamom, or grind the pods yourself!)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Sift the icing sugar into the bowl of your mixer and add the egg yolks and egg white. Mix thoroughly until the mixture is light and fluffy (this takes about 3 minutes).
- Add the baking powder and the cardamom and mix briefly to combine.
- By hand, gently stir in the almond flour (may also be referred to as ground almonds) until everything is just incorporated. Put the mixture onto a piece of saran wrap and bring it all together into a log or a disk - wrap it carefully and put it in the fridge for an hour or so.
- Preheat the oven to 275°F.
- Take the dough out of the fridge. Cut about a quarter of it off and roll it into a log (about 1/2 inch thick). Cut into little bite size pieces, roll into a ball, and place 1 cm apart on a parchment lined baking sheet (they don't spread very much). Be sure to keep the rest of the dough wrapped as you work, so that it doesn't dry out. Continue with the rest of the dough until you have all the little balls done.
- Place in the oven for 20 minutes. DO NOT open the oven for the first 20 minutes of baking. After 20 minutes open the door and check to see if they are done. When they are done, they will be firm to the touch and slightly golden brown. Keep setting your timer for 3 minutes, and check again, until they are done. I find my cookies can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes, depending on how big I made my little balls.
- Take off the tray and place on a cooling rack to cool completely (they will still be a little chewy until you cool them completely). Enjoy!
|Try to make your little dough balls the same size so they bake evenly.|
|Crunchy airy texture inside.|