An Alternative to Pie for Thanksgiving Dessert

Emma Wartzman for Bon Appetit magazine suggests cookies instead of pie for Thanksgiving dessert.

“When you’re fall-asleep-at-the-table full, what you really want at the end of a giant meal is the perfect chocolaty, nutty, buttery, crumbly, sweet bite.”

IMG_4175-1    Chocolate-Almond Praline Cookies

You can’t see the candied almonds in these cookies, but you’ll taste them.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup skin on almonds
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • flaky sea salt

Place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 350. Toast almonds on a rimmed baking sheet on upper rack, tossing halfway through, until slightly darkened in color and fragrant, 6-8 minutes. Let cool.

Gather almonds into a tight pile on a nonstick silicone baking mat or a rimmed baking sheet coated with nonstick spray.  Cook granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, undisturbed, until it begins to liquefy and turn golden brown around the edges.  Use a heatproof rubber spatula to incorporate melted sugar into unmelted sugar and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until all sugar is melted and caramel turns a medium amber color, 6-8 minutes. Carefully pour caramel over almonds and let cool.

Break almond mixture into large pieces and transfer to a food processor. Process, scraping down sides occasionally, until praline paste is very smooth and creamy, about 4 minutes.

Cook butter in a medium skillet over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until it foams, then browns, about 5 minutes. Let cool until just warm.

Mix flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.  On medium high speed, beat brown butter, paste, and brown sugar in a large bowl until mixture is smooth. Reduce speed and gradually add dry ingredients.  Mix until combined. Using a wooden spoon, mix in chocolate. Scrape out dough onto parchment paper and roll into 1 3/4″ diameter log. Chill at least 2 hours.

Reheat oven to 350. Slice dough into generous 1/4″ slices with a serrated knife and place on 2 parchment lined baking sheets, spacing 1″ apart. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake until cookies are firm around the edges, 9-10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets.

Do Ahead:

You can make the praline paste up to one week ahead, storing airtight at room temperature.  Dough can be made 3 days ahead; wrap in plastic and chill in refrigerator, or freeze up to one month.

 

 

 

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