Thursday, January 31, 2008

London Almond Chocolate Cookies......the all time favourite.....



Another favourite of my boys.....is this London Almond Cookie.... or is it Almond London cookie.....made from ground almond and almond nuts......it takes a bit of preparation....and patience.....to make these cookies...but it is worth the effort....and time.......the skill here is you must know how to melt the chocolate.......i used the ' baine marie' method '.....that used a gentle heat to melt the chocolate by putting a bowl of chopped chocolate on top of another smaller bowl of simmering water.....not touching the water.

Ingredients: A

250 gm butter - room temperature
120 gm icing sugar
1 egg and 1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Ingredients : B

300 gm superfine flour -sifted
200 gm ground almond
150 gm whole almond - toasted

Decoration:

small papercups - about 100 pcs
800 gm cooking chocolate
100 gm nibbed almonds - toasted

Method:

Cream A til well combine....and mix in B.......to form a soft dough....shape into small balls......and wrap up half almond.....bake at 180 degree C for about 15 mins til golden brown......removed and cooled on rack......when cooled..put cookie in small paper cups......covered with melted chocolate.......and sprinkle some nibbed almond on top..........chill in fridge to set before storing.

the baked cookies .....left to cool.......

cookies in paper cups before......putting in melted chocolate.....

almond cookies.....with dark chocolate and almond nibs topping...

almond cookies....with white chocolate and sugar hearts....topping.



20 comments:

Karen Jin said...

Wow!!! the london almond cookies looks good...but I still prefer the chocolate ones....give me a few of each ok? looks like u put in a lot of chocolate...can't wait to try.
greedy sis karen.

Little Corner of Mine said...

This cookie is totally new to me. First time seeing it and never tasted it before. This must be some new cookies for CNY? Guess in order to eat it, I would have to make myself! Darn, I don't have ground almond!

lingzie said...

these look amazing!! i don't have the patience an time to attempt this just yet, so have to buy them from the store....but i find that sometimes the cookies are not that fresh cos the almonds inside taste hard.
nothing beats home made! :)

Sweet Jasmine said...

little corner of mine - this cookie has been around for 5 to 6 years already...i made it every cny for my boys...since 6 years ago...so it is nt new...can be bought in some cake shop too...try making yr own it is very delicious..

lingzie - it is easy to make actually....only melting the chocolate...and putting it into the small cups by spoonful takes time...

Health Freak Mommy said...

Wow.... your cookies sure look good! My tummy is rumbling now. You are a real good cook and baker!Can I self invite myself to your house during CNY?

Little Corner of Mine said...

I haven't been back to celebrate CNY for 14 years thus I never seen this before. I know it's delicious just by looking at it, need to buy some almond first since I have all the other ingredients already. Oh, need to buy small paper cups too...hehe... Thanks for your recipe ya! :)

Big Boys Oven said...

walio so so many lovely deliciously looking cookies! Am I getting some? lol!

Sweet Jasmine said...

health freak mom - you r most welcome...to try my cookies if you can find my house....ha..ha..

little corner of mine - its good you can make your own...

big boys oven - come to my house for cny....

singairishgirl said...

Wow, your son is really a talented cook. You are one lucky mum and these biscuits look good. Love the melted milk chocolate ones.

Anonymous said...

Hi, the cookies look really yummy. May I substitute superfine flour with cakeflour instead? Thanks.

/Jenny

Sweet Jasmine said...

hi..jenny...any normal wheat flour can be used.....cakeflour is also possible.....happy trying...

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jasmine. I'll try cakeflour then since I've some leftovers from baking butter cake. I would think the cakeflour has the same texture as superfine flour. Will let you know the outcome. :)

Cheers / Jenny

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I would like to try out this receipe during this weekend. Could you kindly advise me if plain flour is consider as superfine flour or cake flour?

Thank you.

Mixue

Sweet Jasmine said...

Hi Mixue,

Wheat flour are divided into 3 types according to their gluten content. Plain flour is usually medium flour for all purpose usage and superfine flour or cake flour has the least gluten so it is suitable for making cookies and cakes for its fine texture and bread flour has the most gluten.
Hope this will answer your question.

Happy Baking and Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jasmine,

I went to get the ingredient but could not find superfine flour so I got topflour. Is it ok?
I did not managed to get dark chocolate only semi dark chocolate available. Is it ok?
Does the chocolate need to double boil to melt it? Is it just pour the chocolate over to the cookies? How many grams of chocolate we need to use & need to pour how much to the cookies?

Sorry that I have asked so many questions.

Thank you.

Mixue

Sweet Jasmine said...

Hi Mixue,
To answer yr question I do not know what topflour is butas long it is plain flour or cake flour it is acceptable.

Next semi dark chocolate is also ok you will have to melt it in a heatproof bowl placed on top of a smaller pot of simmering water with th bottom of the bowl not touching the water. Lastly you do not need to measure the amount of melted choclate used, just pour over to cover the whole cookie will do.

lilian said...

I was Googling hi and lo for this recipe and yours is the best! Somemore I know you, so feel more 'secure' following your recipe. Better than Amy Beh cos she used whole almond. Thank you and hope I get to bake it tomorrow. Now my whole almonds are roasting in the oven.

Sweet Jasmine said...

Hi Lilian,

Glad u like my almond london recipes. Let me know how it turn out ok? I did not make it since last year.

Yung said...

Hi.. thanks for your recipe! :)
one question.... this recipe can make how many small papercups of London Almond Cookie? around 100?
If i reduce the ingredients to half, how about the egg? i'm newbie, not sure how to measure that.. thanks!

Sweet Jasmine said...

Hi Yung,

This recipe can make around 80 to 100 small cookies depending on the size of your cookies. If you want to half it just put in half the amount of beaten eggs and egg yolk but you might regret it if your little cookies were all eaten up before CNY. Happy Baking and Happy CNY.