Friday, March 20, 2009

cookies and tea

   Spring is here today!  Although it was a cold one I'm still glad it's sprung.  It's still been chilly but what better way then to relax with a hot cozy tea and these cashew almond spice cookies.  It was one of those things where I was doing my usual foodie mag read and came upon these little cookies, saw the photo of them, what they were and pretty much got right off the couch and started baking.  They are similar to french macaroons, but there is no need to whip the egg whites.  These couldn't be any easier.
happy weekend!

almond cashew biscuits

1/2 cups almonds/cashews
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup (all-purpose) flour
2 egg whites
raw sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 355d. Place the nuts, caster sugar, spices, and vanilla in a food processor and process until the nuts are finely chopped.  Add the flour and egg whites and process until combined.  Place the mixture in a piping bag and pipe rounds on a baking tray lined with baking paper.  Sprinkle with raw sugar and bake for 10-12 min or until light golden.

recipe adapted from Donna Hay mag.


Elyse said...

Yay for spring! The cold weather must be leaving soon now!! These little cookies look so dainty and delicious! I love an easy, tasty cookie. Yum!

Irene said...

Your photos are so wonderful, earthy, deep, I just love them!

apparentlyjessy said...

I love a good cup of tea and a sweet treat, and these cookies look divine! I almonds and cashews are my favourite nuts! Thanks for the recipe, I must try it. Lovely photos again ;)

Lucy said...

I love your photo of the cookies! They look delish :D

Elra said...

OMG Ash, that cookies sound so delicious, and so tempting too.

Chef Chuck said...

Yes Ash, You are right just the fact that it is officially SPRING makes me happy! That mix of almonds and cashews sounds great!
Yumm!! Great Photo's!

Handmade Wreaths said...

this blog about food and photography is really nice. Its obvious you have a passion for both, and that's what has caught my eye. good luck with your cookie sales. They look adorable.
A Pinch of Cheer - Handmade Wreaths

gine said...

... so you're like me with foodie mags .. lol :-)! these pictures are soo lovely!!

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm these look good. I love your photos!

Deelish Dish said...

Love Donna Hay. It's seriously food porn. These spice cookies remind me of ones my second aunt makes around Christmas. So good with coffee or tea!

lisa (dandysugar) said...

These look so good, a perfect little tea cookie. Or coffee cookie! I do love the food mags too! I love simple cookie recipes like this one.

ChichaJo said...

Looks like a wonderful cookie to have with some tea! Love Donna Hay :)