These crispy almond biscuits are so addictive that it is impossible to stop at one. Each one is a thin biscuit of sugary goodness that is layered with flaked almonds which give it an unbelievable crunch. This recipe is so simple and delicious that you will make it again and again!
Scruff and I have been focusing hard on saving money this year, including making as many things as possible from scratch. It’s easy to spend so much money eating out, and on buying things from the supermarket that are actually quite easy to make at home. We find one thing that’s definitely worth making yourself are biscuits. It’s great having a jar of biscuits on hand, ready for guests, as a snack when you’re going out the house. This recipe is one Scruff’s mum recently developed, and the whole family has been eating them by the bagful.
While we’re on the topic of saving money, I have an announcement to make – in March we are going to start a budget recipe series. I got the idea to do this when I was reading a post in a Facebook group recently and there was someone who had hit some hard times and was struggling to feed their family. They had very limited ingredients and were after advice on what they could do with what they had. I felt really bad for them, and since then I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make sure this blog can actually help solve problems for people. Helping people make cheap, tasty meals for their families using a few basic ingredients seems like a good place to start. I realise this isn’t exactly a cutting edge idea, and that there are many other great blogs out there doing the same thing, but it does feel like the right thing to do next so let’s just see where this goes!
So, if you’ve ever been in a situation where you only had a few ingredients to work with, let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can come up with a recipe for you!
Anyway, back to these crispy almond snaps!
My Tips for Success
- It is better to spread it thin. However, this is dependent on how big your baking tray is. My baking tray is approx 45 cm x 35 cm or 18 in x 14 in which is large enough to spread the biscuit mixture thinly. If you have smaller baking trays, then either divide the biscuit mixture into 2 trays or do it in batches.
- It is important to put the baking tray on the middle rack of the oven when baking.
- If one side of the biscuits looks like it is browning faster than the other, then take it out and switch the sides.
- Watch the edges of the biscuit when baking since they will brown first and may burn.
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Crispy Almond Biscuits
- 2 egg whites (large eggs)
- 70 gm icing sugar, sifted
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 40 gm melted unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
- 1 zest of a lemon
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 30 gm all purpose flour, sifted
- 125 gm almond flakes
Preheat oven to 160 C / 320 F fan force.
In a bowl, add the egg whites, salt, vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Combine with a whisk.
Sift in the flour and icing sugar into the bowl. Add the melted butter and whisk gently until no lumps. (Do not whip the egg whites)
Add the almonds and fold in using a spatula.
Pour the mixture on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Spread it out thin with a spatula. (My baking tray is approx 45 cm x 35 cm or 18 in x 14 in)
Put the tray on the middle rack of a preheated oven at 160 C / 320 F fan force for roughly 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, take the tray out. Cut with a knife or break off the edges of biscuit that are really brown and put them on the rack to cool. These pieces will not require further cooking.
Cut / break up the rest of the biscuit into smaller pieces and grill them at 160 C / 320 F for 10 - 15 minutes or until golden. Remember to WATCH THEM!!! (Note 1)
Take the biscuits out and let them cool on a rack.
- Not all biscuits will brown at the same time. If any pieces look like they are about to burn, take them out and leave the rest until golden.