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Blue Ribbon Almond Fudge Cookies (gluten-free)

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**Update 9/10/11: I have made these cookies several times since this blog, and have updated the recipe so that you use a a full cup of almonds, ground, instead of 3/4 cup.  This makes a more roundish cookie, which I prefer, but if you want flat ones like pictured, go with using only 3/4 cup.  I put pictures of the puffy kind at the end**

I have not been blogging recipes very often lately, which is more indicative of the amount of free time I have rather than the amount of recipes I have to share.  I have a whole file full of pictures I need to blog recipes for, but I figured I should first get to the one I promised you in the Carrot Cake Cookies blog.

I got this recipe from my friend, Marina, along with several others in an email she called “My favorite cookies.”  She didn’t point out these were gluten-free but while making them for the first time, I realized they were flourless!  My favorite gluten-free recipes are those that are naturally gluten-free and don’t call for strange ingredients, both because the taste is usually better and because those strange ingredients are usually quite pricey.  These cookies didn’t disappoint, in fact they pretty much astounded me.  They are so soft and chewy, they almost remind me of a brownie.  The flavor is outstanding.

If you won’t take my word for it, then maybe you’ll believe the Kansas State Fair judges.  They gave me a blue ribbon for them in the gluten-free category and wrote on my assessment paper, “one of the best we’ve tasted of all the cookies so far!”  That means they thought these puppies were better than most regular cookies with gluten, with which I whole-heartedly agree.  They are really, really good, whether you can have gluten in your diet or not.

Almond Fudge Cookies

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1 cup raw, unsalted almonds
½ pound semisweet chocolate
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 eggs
1/3 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
¼ teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Lay almonds on a microwave-safe plate and toast in microwave in 30-second intervals on high, stirring in between, 3-5 times until nuts are fragrant. Cool to room temperature. In a food processor, grind nuts until very fine, almost like flour. Measure out 1 cup and set aside; discard or save extra, if any, for another use.

Melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler; remove from heat and set aside. Beat the eggs with an electric mixer on highest speed, gradually adding the sugar and salt. Continue beating until ribbons form; about 10 minutes. Fold in the chocolate-butter mixture. Gently add the ground almonds. Cover and refrigerate overnight or 8 hours.

Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop to form the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in granulated sugar, place on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart and immediately place in the oven. Bake until the center of the cookies are no longer wet, 10-14 minutes. Allow to cool five minutes on sheet before removing to rack.  Dust cooled cookies with powdered sugar or more granulated sugar if desired.

Recipe source: adapted from Marina C.

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. The cookies looks very good.

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  2. These are so pretty!! I love pretty cookies. I seriously always make the ugliest cookies. They are never round, I usually take them off the pan too soon or leave them on too long and they turn out ugly! These are gorgeous and they sound delicious! Thanks!

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  3. They look like award winning cookies! Great job Veronica!

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  4. Looks like a winner to me! They look wonderful!

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  5. These are the best cookies ever!!! Good job and congrats on the blue!

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  6. Congrats on your blue ribbon! The cookies are so pretty and definitely award-worthy! I’m adding them to my Christmas cookie to-make list. :)

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  7. Veronica I feel bad about BSI!

    These cookies look awesome, I already forwarded it to a few co-workers of mine who are gluten free!

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  8. Wow… congrats on your blue ribbon! These look and sound fantastic. I bet they are so dense and chewy without the flour…. yum!

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    • Surprisingly, they are almost fall-apart soft and not dense at all. I’m having trouble describing the texture, other than a softer brownie.

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  9. WHEEEE!! Congrats, Veronica! I wouldn’t even have guessed they are gluten-free; they look so scrumptious.

    Ah, you seem to be pretty busy these days, Veronica…hope you’re doing fine! :-)

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  10. do you think almond meal would work ok with these? I have some to use up and I figured its the same…right?

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  13. You had me at ‘Sparkle’. They look delicious, I can’t wait to try them.

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  15. HUGS & COOKIES XOXO

    I HAVE ALMOND MEAL AND A GF HUBBY–WILL BE MAKING THESE ASAP! THANK U!

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    • I’m glad you left a comment first, you reminded me to update the recipe. I use more almonds now, which makes them puffier, so if you like them thicker, I’d recommend it. :)

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      • HUGS & COOKIES XOXO

        JUST BAKED AND ATE THEM-OH MY YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!! CLEARLY I SEE WHY U WON!!! THANKS FOR SHARING AND 4 LETTING ME KNOW U INCREASED ALMONDS!!! WILL LINK BACK TO YOUR BLOG WHEN I DO POST THESE ON MINE! XO

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  17. HUGS & COOKIES XOXO

    OK GREAT!!!!

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  18. I see I commented on these earlier.. Do you use skinless almonds or almonds with skin? I want to try and make these ASAP…:) I would like to make these vegan if possible..do you know what I could substitute for eggs? Thanks!

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    • I use the regular ones with skin but I’m sure the skinless would be good too. The eggs are essential to the cookie and I’m not sure anything else would work but if you try it, let me know if it works as I’d love to make them vegan too!

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