Almond Delights (Gluten-free Cookies)

These cookies make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone who is on a gluten-free diet. They are made with almond flour, but you could grind your own almonds instead of buying a bag (about $10 for 16 oz.). Almond flour is also great to use in other gluten-free recipes, especially apple crisp.

1 egg

1 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 lemon peel, grated

2 cups almond flour (I use Bob’s Finely Ground Almond Meal/Flour – from blanched whole almonds)

1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix all ingredients well.  Cover and place in freezer for one hour.

Turn onto waxed paper or plastic wrap and form into long roll – about 15 inches and about 1 ¼ inches in diameter. Return to freezer for future baking.

When ready to bake, unwrap the dough and slice into ¼ inch slices. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in preheated 350° oven for 15 minutes.

Baked cookies are about 2 inches in diameter.  Makes about 48 cookies.

I wash and save plastic containers from restaurant leftovers and store bakeries to use for packaging gifts of muffins, cookies and other treats. They help protect the contents, don’t have to be returned, and it feels less wasteful to reuse these containers.

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