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These Chocolate Almond cookies are a traditional crumbly cookie from the Basilicata region of Italy, and are flavored with Strega, an Italian herbal liqueur.
You can use Gallino, which can be found in most liquor stores.

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34 cookies
15 Min
30 Min


2 Tbsp
unsalted butter
1/2 tsp
baking powder
1 3/4 c
finely ground almonds
2 Tbsp
roughly chopped almonds
1 1/2 c
all purpose flour plus 2 t.
1 c
granulated sugar
2 Tbsp
chocolate chips, mini
1 Tbsp
cocoa powder
1 Tbsp
extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp
kosher salt
1/2 c
strega or galliano liqueur
1/3 c
coffee, room temperature


1Heat oven to 325^. Grease 2 parchment-lined baking sheets with the butter and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together baking powder and 1 T. lukewarm water until dissolved, 20 seconds.

2Combine ground and chopped almonds, flour, sugar, chips, cocoa, oil and salt in a large bowl. With a wooden spoon, stir in the baking powder mixture, liqueur and coffee to form a wet dough.

3Divide the dough into 1 oz. portions. Using your hands, roll dough portions into balls and place on baking sheets spaced about 1-inch apart. Bake until set, about 30 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks and let cool to firm before serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: Italian