- 155g (5oz) ground almonds
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 or 2 drops almond essence
- blanched almonds for decorating
Combine ground almonds, sugar, unbeaten egg whites, vanilla and almond essence, mix well. Place mixture in small bowl of electric mixer.
Beat mixture on medium speed 3 minutes. Let mixture stand 5 minutes.
Spoon mixture into piping bag fitted with 1cm ( 1/2 in) plain tube, pipe in circular motion from centre, to make biscuits about 4cm (1 1/2 in) in diameter (or they can be smaller). Pipe onto lightly greased trays which have been dusted with flour; shake off excess flour before piping.
Place a blanched almond or almond half on top of each biscuit. Bake in moderate oven 12 to 15 minutes or until tops are lightly browned. Leave on the trays a few minutes before removing with a metal spatula to cool on wire rack.
Note: Coarsely ground almonds will give better results in these biscuits than will finely ground.