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Myra's Basic Cookie Recipe
2 1/2 cups almond flour (see NOTE)
1 1/2 cups Splenda
1 teaspoon xanthan gum (see NOTE)
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients together in a mixer until well blended. Divide
into 4 ziplock bags or plastic covered bowls and flavour according to your
tastes. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before baking.
Make cookies by forming dough into 1/2-inch balls, placing the balls on a cookie sheet (I use the air bake pans). Flatten the balls with the bottom of a glass tumbler dipped in water to about 3/8-inch thick. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8-12 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets and cool.
Entire batch of dough makes about 12 dozen cookies. Entire batch has about 89 carbs, about .62 carb per cookie.
NOTE: I buy almond flour from http://www.almondsonline.com/. If you have a blender or mill, you can grind your own - 8 ounces of blanched almonds makes about 2 cups of almond flour.
NOTE: Xanthan gum is a natural product that add stability to mixtures. Without wheat flour (and the gluten in wheat flour), these cookies come out *very* crumbly. The teaspoon of xanthan gum gives the cookies a very good texture - crisp without falling apart when you pick them up. Xanthan gum is expensive - $9.99 for an 8-ounce bag at Whole Foods - but a little goes a long way.
Add 1/2-1 teaspoon extract (or 1/4 teaspoon Nature's Flavour) to each
portion. I've found that lemon and orange work *really* well.
Adds negligible amount of carbs. For chocolate cookies, add 1 square melted
unsweetened chocolate to one portion (1/4 recipe), along with an additional
tablespoon or so of Splenda. For this variation, add about .25 carb
to each cookie. For nut cookies, add some chopped walnuts, pecans or macadamia
nuts (try adding macadamia to the chocolate variation). Add appropriate
amount of extra carbs for the added nuts.