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Q&A: Substituting almond meal for flour in a cookie recipe?

Question by irisheyes: Substituting almond meal for flour in a cookie recipe?
The Earl Gray shortbread cookie recipe i’m going to use calls for 2 cups of all-purpose flour. I’d like to add the texture and taste of almond meal to this batch. Can i substitute some of the flour for the meal or does one add meal in addition to the 2 cups of flour? The recipe calls for no liquids so would i up the butter? Thanks in advance for the help.

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Answer by Rli R
Since you are making shortbread cookies and not a cake, you should be able to get away with using the almond meal but use it as you would whole wheat flour – use no more than 1/3 of the amount of flour as the almond flour. There’s no gluten in almond flour so it’s binding capabilities are different from regular flour.

I wouldn’t increase the butter in the recipe – just trade out part of the flour. Since your recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, I’d use maybe 1/2 but less than 3/4ths cup of the almond meal.

But if you really want it to have more of an almond flavor, add some almond extract to your batter in place of vanilla extract.

Hope that helps.

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Q&A: What are some really good cookie recipies?

Question by Quagmire: What are some really good cookie recipies?
For thanksgiving. I’m already making apricot and raspberry shortbread cookies. What other ideas are there? I’m making an eggnog cheesecake too. Its made just like a regular cheesecake only with eggnog in it.

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Answer by artiste
I’d suggest check ” Recipes” on the Internet, then go down to cookies– lots of suggestions.

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How safe is it to eat baked lavender cookies?

Question by Fleur: How safe is it to eat baked lavender cookies?
I have been using dried French Lavender flowers to bake shortbread cookies, and it’s just so delicious! I’m thinking of distributing them to a huge event, however. Is it bad for people to eat too many?

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Answer by Quiqui
Lavender is pretty safe in food as long as you only buy food grade lavender. If you are growing your own, make sure it is a strain meant to be eaten.

It’s not reccomended for nursing or pregnant women when in essential oil form. A few buds in a cookie shouldn’t have the same effects, but it’s best to err on the side of caution.

In fact, most warnings tend to be for consistent use of the essential oil, which is quite a bit more than what you would get from a handful of cookies. Too much of anything can be harmful, and the butter and sugar quantities of too many lavender cookies would make someone ill before the flowers would.

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Shortbread cookies recipe for tea party?

Question by : Shortbread cookies recipe for tea party?
I am hosting a tea party and want to make shortbread cookies. I know I will dip them in chocolate after they cool. Any good recipes I should try?

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Answer by Suzy M
SCOTCH SHORTBREADS
they’re nice and crumbley!
1/2 pound butter
2 cups flour
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
preheat oven to 350 degrees F. cream the butter, then slowly add the sugar beating it well. mix the flour and salt together and add it to the first mixture, combining thouroughly. roll out the dough with a rolling pin untill it is about 1/4 inch thick. cut into rectangles or any other shap you would like. put them on ungreased cookie sheets, prick each cookie with a fork then bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lighly browned on the edges. (it makes about 24 1×2 inch bar cookies)
hope my recipe was helpful!

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What is the best way to freeze cookies? Are there some cookies that should not be frozen?

Question by Katie M: What is the best way to freeze cookies? Are there some cookies that should not be frozen?
I am planning on making shortbread cookies, and want them to be fresh for a party about 5 days from when I make them.

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Answer by Irina C
manual defrost freezer will keep your cookies longer than the frost free type – the defrost cycle thaws small/delicate items and then re-freezes them causing ice build up.

You can freeze cookies longer, but I have found that this guideline works the best, especially if you have a self-defrosting freezer. Crisp cookies, the ones with loads of butter and sugar, freeze better than soft cookies. Bars and brownies are an exception to this rule since they freeze extremely well. The only cookies that won’t survive very well are those with fresh fruit fillings, but jam ones are fine.
Don’t pre-pack ‘cookie assortments’ — only freeze like cookies (by recipe or crispiness) together in one container and then combine them at serving time.

Cool the baked cookies completely before freezing.
Separate cookies by recipe, but if you can’t, separate the crispy cookies from the soft ones for storage.
Use airtight containers; don’t use cardboard containers because they pick up freezer odors.
First put a piece of waxed paper or foil in the bottom of the container. Then, place the cookies so they aren’t touching and separate the layers with waxed paper or foil to protect. Seal tightly.
Thaw cookies in their original container at room temperature so that condensation forms on the wrapping, not on the cookie.
FREEZING UNBAKED COOKIE DOUGH TIPS:

In general, I have found that butter-based cookie dough, such as chocolate chip, sugar, icebox cookies and brownies, freeze the best. (I freeze the brownie dough right in its baking pan).
With the exception of meringue based cookies or those with very thin batters, I freeze cookie dough all of the time, and it lasts for 4 weeks. They also keep well in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Freeze all dough in a heavy-weight plastic bag to prevent dough from absorbing freezer odors. I don’t even bother thawing my dough because I have found that frozen cookie dough will not to flatten as easily when baked, especially a problem for chocolate chip cookies. But, if you choose to, defrost in refrigerator prior to baking.

For cookies, such as sugar and butter cookies, before freezing, I first divide dough into small sections (to allow for quicker defrosting) and form each into a log. Then, I double wrap it with plastic wrap to prevent freezer odors. When I am ready to use the dough, I simply slice off the dough about 1/4 inch thick (thinner for crispier cookies) with an electric or a really sharp knife, so it won’t pull through the dough.

I now weigh my cookie dough for the most evenly-sized cookies. Take out your kitchen scale. 1-oz cookie dough works well. 1/2-ounce is good for smaller cookies!
For drop cookie dough, freeze it in an airtight container. If I have the time, I drop the actual cookie dough in spoonfuls or a cookie scoop to portion balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about an hour, or until the dough balls are frozen. Then place them into a resealable plastic freezer bag. When you want fresh-baked cookies, all you have to do is bake the frozen dough balls without thawing, at the usual temperature, adding a few minutes to the baking time.

For cookies that require rolling, I freeze the dough in a flattened disk, so its easy to roll out when thawed. Or, if I have the time, I precut the cookies and place them on cookie sheets to harden. After that, I double wrap the shapes and place them in an airtight container in layers with waxed paper placed in between them (just like frozen ravioli). No need to thaw before baking.

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I want to make Mexican wedding cakes or Russian Tea cakes (whatever you call them) and Shortbread cookies.?

Question by Mishy: I want to make Mexican wedding cakes or Russian Tea cakes (whatever you call them) and Shortbread cookies.?
Can i put chopped walnuts i them with dried cranberries and with white chocolate. Is there a simple easy recipe for them so i can make.. An what about Shortbread cookies. Simple easy recipe.. What do you guy’s think about theses cookies for Christmas?
and do the dried cranberries have to be tart?

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Answer by Cister
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Russian-Tea-Cakes-I/Detail.aspx

http://www.joyofbaking.com/Mexican%20Wedding%20Cakes.html

http://www.joyofbaking.com/shortbreads/shortbreadcookies.html

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