Enjoy these with a hot cup of coffee and a good friend.
“A tavola non si invecchia”- Italian Proverb
“At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.”
1 lb. almonds
1/2 lb. sugar (1 1/8 C.)
zest of 2 med. lemons
3 egg whites
1 T. Espresso ground coffee
2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 Cup sugar for glazing
50 whole coffee beans
To prepare the paste, boil almonds and remove peels. Once they are cool & somewhat dry, put them in blender and chop finely.
Put the chopped almonds in a bowl, add zest of the 2 lemons, the sugar, the ground coffee and cocoa powder. Mix everything very well.
Add egg whites and mix until the egg whites dilute the sugar and the mixture becomes a paste.
Take a lump of mixture in your hand, roll it into a ball about the size of a large walnut.
Roll the ball completely into the sugar and place it on a greased baking sheet.
Insert a coffee bean on top of each cookie. Roll all the cookies and bake them for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.