November 24, 2013



I made pudding that called for egg yolks that left me with egg whites.  I always have the good intentions of utilizing my leftover egg whites but rarely or I should say never, except the rare marshmallow sauce, use them.  The egg whites take a chill in the fridge, then a deep freeze, then the sad defrost in the garbage and on to the dump.  My goal over the past few years has been not to waste food, but I never can meet my 100% no waste goal.  
Here is an easy recipe to use up those extra egg whites.  These are a sweet, crunchy and light little cookie made from egg whites and sugar and great for dipping into tea.  This recipe is from David Leibovitz 
Italian Almond Cookies
  • 3 cups (290g) blanched almond meal
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons smooth apricot jam or 1/4 cup of sugar in place of jam
  • a few drops of pure almond extract
For finishing the cookies
1 large egg white
1 1/2 – 2 cups (120-160g) sliced almonds, blanched or unblanched
1. In a large bowl, mix together the almond powder and sugar. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they start to mound and form soft, peaks. They should not be stiff, but the consistency of softly whipped cream.
2. Fold the beaten whites into the almond mixture (they’ll lose volume, which is fine), then fold in the apricot jam and a drop or two of almond extract. Mix the dough until it comes together in the smooth ball. You may need to get into it with your clean hands to help knead it together.
3. Preheat the oven to 325ºF (160ºC.) Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
4. Pinch of pieces of dough about 1 1/4-inch (4cm) in diameter and roll each into a ball, then roll them in your hands to make them into ovals, setting them on a dinner plate as you go. (You can also bake them in rounds, if you wish.)
5. In a small bowl, stir the egg white with a fork briskly for about ten seconds to break it up. Put the sliced almonds on a plate. Working with 3 or 4 at a time, roll each piece of rolled cookie dough in the egg white and place it in the dish containing the sliced almonds.
6. Roll and press the ovals of dough into the almonds, being extremely generous coating when coating with the almonds. I start with 1 1/2 cups of sliced almonds in the bowl, and add more as necessary. After coating each batch of cookies with the almonds, put them on a baking sheet, evenly spaced apart.
(You may need to press the almonds well into the cookies to get a lot of them to stick, and the cookies may lose their perfect oval shape – which is fine, the cookies should be a bit rustic.)
7. Bake the cookies for 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the baking sheets in the oven, turning them around so the cookies bake evenly, until the cookies and nuts are light golden brown. Let cool before serving.
Storage: Once cool, the cookies can be stored in a container at room temperature for up to one week. I would not recommend freezing them as it will change their toothsome texture.


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