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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Turkish Almond Cookies

(Acibadem Kurabiyesi)

Turkish Almond Cookies
1 cup ground almond
2 tbsp graham crumbs
1 2/3 cup powder sugar
3 egg whites, lightly whisked

8 almond halves

Place all the ingredients in a medium sized pot. Stir constantly and heat it up with just under medium heat. Do not boil! To measure that the temperature is right is to dip your pinkie in it. It should be warm but shouldn't burn.

Take the pot from the heat and pour it into a heat proof dish. Let it cool down. Meanwhile oil eight 5 cm diameter paper baking cups (I used spray oil). Spoon out the mixture equally into the oiled paper baking cups. Place the almonds on top. Then place the cups on an oven tray.

Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C). Then turn down the heat to 240 F (120 C) and put the tray in the oven. Bake for about 45 minutes without opening the oven door. If you open the oven door, The Almond Cookies will droop! Let them cool down before serving traditional Turkish Almond Cookies.

Makes 8 Almond Cookies.



At 3:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,

Once again thnx for your awesome recipes. My granny used to make those cookies for us, but as long as I remember thye were not that sweet. Can I reduce the amount of sugar and yet, still get a good result?

Thnx again for sharing your great recipes with us.
Have a nice day,

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Meryem,
Thank you:) If you like, you can use less amount of sugar but, I wouldn't recomend it because the taste is just right:)
Take care,

At 5:09 PM, Blogger My Turkish Kitchen said...

This cookie is my favorite. It reminds me the times I spent in Istanbul...

At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur
Some years ago, whilst visiting Cyprus, I tried a sweet dish which was made out of crushed almonds and probably rose water. It was shaped like a tear-drop, was firm but melted in the mouth and was an off-white colour. Do you recognise what I am describing and if so, how do you make it please.

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi binnur

Just thought I should have also said that it was very sweet and coated with sugar.

Thanks Violet

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Violet,
I wish you could give me the name of it:)
Take care,

At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the easy and yummy recipes. I also used a few drops od rose water in the dough. Gives it a very nice smell as well.

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Gulsevil,
It is a great idea! Thank you for sharing it with us:)

At 2:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how long can we store these cookies for

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

I don't know. They never last that long when I make any kind of cookies:) So probably 2 days.

At 11:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These doubled in size or more. I made them in the mini cupcake papers & pan. They rose to more than twice their size. My husband was reminded of his mom's meringue cookies which he loved. How should they be stored to stay crisp?

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Mae,
Almond Cookies are quite popular in my home. These remind us of our old days at back home, too:) I always store them in my cookie canister. I place parchment paper at the bottom and edges. They should be consumed within 3 days.

At 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur, I made these just now and followed the directions and took them out after 45 minutes, and they look nothing like the picture they are brown and look more like a cupcake. What do you think I might of done wrong?

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

It seems they were over baked. Almost every oven has different settings. You may need to adjust the time or heat. A little bit less baking time or a little bit less heat:)

At 7:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is powdered sugar icing sugar, also called confectioner's sugar? Not granulated.thanks. Will try this one soon.

At 7:44 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Powdered sugar = Icing sugar = Confectioner's sugar

At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made these but the top looked like in your picture but the rest of the cookie was gooey. It was as if they weren't cooked. These should be a little crispy I think.I followed the recipe exactly.Any suggestions for another try? thx.Zeyneb

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Zeynep,
Try using less amounts of the mixture into the paper cups:)

At 10:50 PM, Anonymous beyza said...

hi Violet, i was reading the comments of the almond cookies and i think i know the cookie u have mentioned. we call it beze. if u google it you can find the recipe of it. Is my guess right? good luck with it :)

At 11:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur
I love all your recipes made a few and succesfull Borek with spinach and cheese , it was just perfect ! Thank you so much ,I was wondering about the egg whites in this recipe should they be whisked to get little foamy and white I would appreciate your help because I love these cookies

Sincerely ,


At 9:35 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Bouchra,
The egg whites should be lightly whisked, as I pointed in the recipe:)

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They seem very easy to make.however I still havent approached making them yet...must try one day using your great recipe.

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur Hanim what would you say if I added regular sugar for the dough? Im tempted to do that because of the lack of powdered one but Iam afraid I could ruin the recipe.Ann

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Ann,
Powdered sugar contains about 5-6 tablespoons of corn starch per kg. If you use the regular sugar, the texture and sweetness will change. So you might have a little different taste than it should be:)

At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, thank you for your kind answer.I added regular sugar and acctually half of them that I abaked for a shorter time went gooey and the rest so hard like krokan:) I think I will need to practice more. They also weren't white as yours at all, but it's because of my oven:)Of course next time I will try with powdered sugar. Greetings, Ann

At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba. Im not sure about the taste, should these cookies be soft or hard after baking?

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

They are a little bit crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside:)

At 2:04 PM, Anonymous ayse said...

Hi Binnur,
I just discovered your site and I am very excited about it! I love almond cookies and haven't had any in years, so I can't wait to try your recipe. I live in the States, and I have no idea where I can find ground almond. Any suggestions?

At 11:18 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Ayse,
You can find ground almonds (or almond meal) in the baking/nut aisle, bulk foods section, or sometimes in the specialty foods area. Or just try your local health market. You can also grind your own almond in a food processor:)

At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I would like to make these for my daughters wedding
Can I pipe them into a swirl or does the recipe
Have to be spooned into cupcakes.
Thank you

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

I prefer it to be spooned:)
Best wishes for your daughter!


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