Do you ever have bad kitchen days? You know, like a bad hair day but with cooking? Yesterday I had a bad kitchen day, but at least I was able to save the cookies.
These were actually supposed to be Almond Horns, but they ended up being little kisses instead. The recipe called for butter, and I was intent on veganizing them with coconut oil instead of Earth Balance, but for some reason the coconut oil was not nearly enough to keep the dough moist, so my dough had a whole 1/2 cup less flour than what was called for in the recipe. I have screwed up my baking and cooking so many times that I knew better than to go on with the recipe with so much flour missing, so I only baked one little horn-shaped cookie to test it out before I baked the whole batch. Aha! My test horn melted into a puddle of cookie and turned into a flat circle in the oven! That’s when I knew that I definitely had to work more flour into the rest of my dough before I attempted to bake the rest of the cookies. In the end I had to add three tablespoons of water to the dough to make it workable. But the cookies were a success, don’t you think?
I used this Almond Horns recipe from the Bob’s Red Mill website which calls for their own Gluten-Free Flour Mix and almond meal. I doubled the vanilla extract and I added a teaspoon of almond extract. My coconut oil dough wasn’t pliable enough to make horns and it kept breaking, so I started to make flat little buttons instead. They looked too boring, so I decided to roll them into balls and then pinch the tops to make little kisses.
The cookies are so lovely! They are crunchy on the outside and buttery and crumbly on the inside. Not too sweet, but sweet enough. A little sprinkling of powdered sugar over the baked cookies gives them a beautiful festive look. You can of course drizzle melted chocolate all over your cookies instead, or even dip them whole in melted chocolate! Now I wish I had done that.
Does that look like a chocolate spider or am I seing that through my Halloweegan eyes?
Next time I will substitute the butter with Earth Balance instead of coconut oil, just to see if the dough needs any extra liquid. Or maybe that’s just an excuse to make them again because I’m a glutton and these are so delicious! :)
OK. Cuteness time. Are my fellow Northern hemisphereans buried in snow yet? We’re not quite buried here, but we are definitely walking in a winter wonderland. As are our little wild birds who are very happy to have access to seeds and nuts and water.