Monday, 10 February 2014

Crispy orange - almond cookies

Crispy and flavorful cookies in the shape of tiles, called in Spain tejas (teja in Spanish means tile), are a great accompaniment to coffee or tea. Their only drawback is that they contain quite a lot of sugar, which when baking converts to caramel - and this in any way is the disadvantage of the cookies, but on the contrary, it complements their extraordinary taste. Apart from caramel, you can taste the abundance of orange flavor - thanks to the addition of orange juice and zest - and detect pieces of almonds, which give them extra crispness. 


125 g sugar
30 g flour
60 g whole blanched almonds or in flakes
50 g butter
50 ml fresh squeezed orange juice 
zest of one orange


To prepare the cookies, I used whole almonds, which I ground in a blender, not to dust but leaving small pieces.

Put the sugar and almonds to a bowl. Add the softened butter, orange juice and orange zest. Combine all ingredients and finally add flour. Mix well.

Line baking tray with baking paper. Put one teaspoon of batter for each cookie and spread it very thinly with the teaspoon creating circles (when baking they will surely melt, so should be located at a considerable distance from each other).

Bake in the oven preheat to 180ºC until the sugar is caramelised. Too white cookies will be chewy.

When cool down a little, put each cookie on a rolling pin or elongated glass to give them the shape of tiles.

Enjoy !!!

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