Unlike the rest of my family, I am not one to marvel at the deliciousness of cookies. I much more prefer muffins, cupcakes and other “cakey” desserts. And maybe because I am not easily impressed by cookies, I can definitely recognize a delicious sugar cookie when I see one.
This is one of them. Trust me!
I was looking for a no-fuss cookie recipe (few and familiar ingredients) and this one from Elana’s Pantry fits the bill perfectly. I made a few changes to the original recipe and came up with my (improved, dare I say) version.
These sugar cookies look fancy, but they are so easy to make that I think my 7-year old son could prepare them in his sleep. Especially the glaze: 3 ingredients thrown in a small pot on the stove, stirred for 5 minutes or so, and then ready.
I used the Paleo Chocolate Frosting recipe from Elana’s Pantry to make the pretty and delicious chocolate glaze. I made a few changes to this recipe as well. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips as I didn’t have the dark ones that I usually use. I also mixed and stirred all the ingredients in a small pot on the stove until the chocolate chips were melted. I removed the pot from the stove and allowed to cool off a bit.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s start with the sugar cookies. As usual, they are dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free. The recipe makes 19 sugar cookies, but the number varies according to the size of your cookies.
- 3 cups almond flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
- Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl, adding one at a time in the order mentioned above.
- Use your fingers to shape the cookies. I made round cookies.
- Place the sugar cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 17 minutes or until the cookies are lightly brown on the edges. Your oven might be different than mine. You might also make smaller cookies than mine. So please check the cookies often after the 7 minute mark.
- Remove the sugar cookies from oven and allow them to cool.
- Prepare the glaze while they cool off.
- Dip the cooled sugar cookies in the chocolate glaze.
- Place the cookies on a plate, 1 inch or so apart and then put them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for the glaze to harden.
Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! I know for sure you will! We had friends over, and 4 adults and 4 kids fought over these cookies 🙂 . My parents got their share too. They also gave awesome reviews. Next on the list are my parents-in-law, who are visiting today.
If you want another cookie as delicious as this one, I think you will also like these Crispy Cocoa Cookies.
Please let me know how these almond sugar cookies turn out if you make them for your family!