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Almond Cookies

Low Carbohydrate Diet

Almonds can add that certain extra something to decadent sweets and treats like these delicious low carb Almond Cookies.

Ground Almonds for Almond Cookies

Ingredients

2 sticks butter, softened
16 packets Splenda (equiv. to 1/2 cup sugar)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon cold water
2 cups Carbquik Baking Mix
1 cup almonds, ground (food processor works well)

Recipe Directions

Using electric mixer on low speed, cream butter and Splenda. Blend in vanilla, almond extract, and cold water. Add ground almonds and Carbolite. Blend until dough is thoroughly mixed. Scrape beaters into bowl. Dough will be dense. Use a 1-teaspooon measuring spoon to scoop up one rounded teaspoon of dough at a time.

Roll dough into a ball between palms of hands. Place ball on ungreased cookie sheet. Press the tines of a fork onto cookie ball to flatten it. Cookies do not expand when baked, so you can place them 1/4-inch apart on the cookie sheet. You'll probably need two cookie sheets. When sheet is full, bake at 350-degrees for 10-12 minutes, until edges of cookies are browned. Do not overbake.

Note: You can roll out this dough and use cookie cutters for any shape you like. The cookies will hold their shape perfectly as they bake. If desired, top cookies with an almond sliver or a sprinkle of Splenda before baking.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 5 dozen (60) cookies.
Carbs for total recipe: 18 grams using Splenda. (Depends upon carbs in sweetener used.)
Carbs per 1 cookie: 1/3 gram.

Variation: Five Ingredient Almond Cookies

1-1/4 cups almond flour
1 cup Splenda
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup butter, softened

Mix all together well and form into 24 small balls. Press flat on a ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate with an almond slice (optional) Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

Per Serving: 21 Cal (69 percent from Fat, 4 percent from Protein, 27 percent from carbs); 0 g Protein; 2 g Total Fat; 2 g Carbs; 0 g Fiber; 2 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 26 mg Sodium; 14 mg Cholesterol

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