Four ingredients, and none of them are flour. Are you listening, you gluten-avoiders? Four ingredients: Blanched almonds, egg whites, sugar and pecans. The pecans are optional!
Put the sugar and almonds in a food processor and grind until fine:
Dollop onto the cookie sheet and bake. (Your helper is probably not as cute as mine, and definitely not as sweet.)
Why would I have never chosen to make these? Because it just sounds weird! And also, for some reason the blanched almond thing intimidated me. But you can actually buy those at the grocery store, so just whirring them in the food processor is very simple.
Everyone liked these, especially one of my boys. These truly tasted special, a little more sophisticated, and the layers of nut flavor were especially good. I usually use only one variety of nut in a baking recipe, but I like this. Next time I'll toast the pecans for extra nuttiness.
It's a good thing I have lost my fear of blanched almonds. Looking ahead, they are in a bunch of these recipes! Until next time...