Arrepiados (Portuguese almond cookies)

 

Portugal and Portuguese food have been a major attraction for me the past year. Yet it was only last week that I first cooked a Portuguese dish (chicken piri piri, I’ll write down the recipe soon, and pastéis de belém). I loved it and decided to buy myself a Portuguese recipe book. Today I set the alarm 30 minutes earlier so that I’d have time to bake myself these lovely almond cookies. They are like a flavour explosion in your mouth. You can taste every ingredient: the almonds, sugar, lemon and cinnamon. It is super easy and you can do it in 20 minutes, 30 if you’re still half asleep.

This recipe does not contain wheat and therefore it is suitable for people with coeliac disease.

Ingredients:
500g ground almonds
250g unrefined cane sugar or brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
grated zest of 1 lemon
2 eggs

Preheat the oven at 180C. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Use your hands and get dirty! Press everything together to make a firm and sticky dough. Make little balls and flatten them somewhat. Put the balls on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. The recipe I used says to bake it for 10 minutes, I baked them for 12-13 minutes. I guess it depends on how thick your cookies are. If you touch them, they should be firm.

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