That means my day was full of games (these ones love the board and card games), lots of snacking, and plenty of vulgarity. Don't mind any of them at all. Honestly, my heart swells with gratitude that the boys are my friends.
Wanna know something pretty great? I won a long game of The Walking Dead board game while in the kitchen baking these interesting cookies:
One of our friends called it true karma; I baked them cookies, therefore I win!
Chinese Almond Cookies
(recipe from Kelly Peloza's "The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur")
1 cup slivered almonds (I actually used sliced)
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract (I used vanilla)
1 1/2 cups flour (I used whole wheat pastry)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Chop the slivered almonds. You still want them to be slivered almonds, not coarsely chopped pieces, but the slivers may be too big right out of the bag.
In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, and almond extract.
Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually stir in the almonds while you incorporate the dry ingredients. Add a splash of soy milk if the dough is crumbly.
Take large portions of dough and flatten on a cookie sheet to make giant palm-sized cookies. Bake for 15-17 minutes until the edges are golden and the centers are very firm. Transfer to a wire rack. They will crisp as they cool.
The kitchen smelled like popcorn while they were baking!I really liked these cookies! I agree with author Kelly Peloza in that they probably aren't authentic Chinese cookies but they were yummy nonetheless. Because I used sliced almonds instead of slivered almonds, it caused the cookies to have a springy texture with every bite. ^_^
So the book says it makes 13-15 cookies but I halved the recipe and got nine cookies (which easily means I could have ended up with 18 if I didn't halve it). Really, it all depends on how large you shape them, but I'm just going to follow the book here and provide the nutrition facts out of 15 cookies.
Nutrition Facts per Cookie
Fiber: 1g (slight increase if using whole wheat flour)
(Confession: I ate three!)
Well, enjoy you're Monday night, everyone. I owe the boys a competitive game of Yomi!