Have you been avoiding recipes like these Italian Almond Cookies because of the exborbitant cost for a can of almond paste? Well look no further. For about the same cost of one can, you can make about 3-4 batches of homemade almond paste, in about 1/8 of the time it would take you to get into the car and buy some at your local grocery store (if they even have it that is).
While you are welcome to used real almonds, Almond flour is the easiest way to go in my opinion. It literally took me about 5 minutes to make almost 12 ounces of almond paste. The can that you buy at the grocery store is typically around 10 ounces. Wrapped tightly in saran wrap, or in a jar or tupperware, the paste will stay fresh for about 3 weeks.
- 1 1/2 cups Almond Flour
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 tsp almond extract
- 1 egg white slightly beaten
Using a food processor, pulse the almond flour and powdered sugar a few times to break up any clumps.
Add 1 tsp of almond extract and pulse to combine.
Test at this point to see if it has enough almond flavoring. I really like almond so I added 2 teaspoons.
Add egg white and to your food processor on for 2 minutes.
At this point, the mixture should be smooth and formed a ball.
If dough is still sticky add 1 tbsp more of almond flour.
Wrap tightly and store in refrigerator.