This is a grain free version of the Italian Almond Cookie known as Brutti Ma Buoni, which when translated from Italian to English means “Ugly but Good”. I personally don’t think these cookies are unattractive, but they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are many versions of this Italian treat; some reminiscent of meringues, while others produce a haystack like cookie. Several recipes called for the addition of cocoa powder, so feel free to add a few teaspoons to the basic recipe below. The cookie is similar to a macaroon, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, but not overtly sweet. Also of note, the recipe is very forgiving and can be doubled or even tripled. As written the recipe below will produce approximately 15 cookies.
½ Cup + 2 Tablespoons of packed Blanched Almond Flour (made from Crispy Nuts)
¼ Cup of Coconut/Palm Sugar, Maple Sugar, Date Sugar, or Crystalized Honey, (Organic Sugar will do in a pinch)
1 Egg White from a Large Pastured Egg (brought to room temperature)
1 ½ teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
1/8 teaspoon of Organic Ground Cinnamon
Pinch of Celtic Sea Salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease your pan well with coconut or palm oil).
In a small bowl combine the blanched almond flour and sweetener mixing with a fork to break up any lumps.
In a medium bowl beat the egg white and sea salt with a hand mixer until soft peaks form.
Beat in the vanilla extract into the egg white until stiff peaks form.
Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula gently fold the almond flour mixture into the egg whites until the mixture is completely combined.
Drop the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet by tablespoon or cookie scoop leaving 2 inches between the cookies as they will spread.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes.
The cookies are done when the bottom edge is a light golden brown, note the timing will vary depending upon the sweetener used and the accuracy of your oven.
Cool on the cookie sheet for 10 to 15 minutes before trying to remove the cookies to prevent breakage.
Memorial Day kicks off the summer season, and this cookie (which is easy to prepare) would be a great addition to a backyard barbeque or picnic. We wish all of you “una vacanza sicura e felice” (a safe and happy holiday)!