So while Sesame Street might have made cookies politically incorrect for pre-schoolers now that the Cookie Monster sings the praises of vegetables, we still love cookies. Here's a gluten-free treat for everyone from the recipe files of my good friend Tina.
Almond Cloud Cookies
2 cups blanched almonds (you can find bags of whole almonds or sliced almonds, any form will do as long as the brown skin is gone)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
2 egg whites at room temperature
Using a food processor, grind the almonds and sugar, half at a time, until finely ground. Blend in vanilla and egg whites.
Drop with teaspoon onto a well-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 16-18 minutes, until golden peaks form. Let sit for a couple of minutes to cool a bit and then wrestle from the cookie sheet with a spatula.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.
You can also add 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, if desired.