A lot of people have been asking me how I’ve been surviving Passover. Without meat and eggs and fish and milk (and bread and pasta and beans and tofu), I must be starving. Not true. I’ve been eating very well, thank you. The Passover staples are still all there: matzo balls, matzo brei, tzimmes, and matzo kugels are all possible, sans all those animal products. My sweet tooth has been kept in tack as well. There’s the apple cake, chocolate tort and now almond cookies.
When I made these cookies I thought they were really good. What really surprised me was when my non-vegan friend had one and said that they don’t taste like passover cookies. I think that is the biggest compliment that any Passover food could get. The fact that it’s vegan just puts it over the top.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
Passover Almond Cookies
These do not taste like passover cookies.
- margarine - 1 1/2 cups
- powdered sugar - 1 1/3 cups
- vanilla - 6 teaspoons
- almond extract - 3 teaspoons
- cinnamon - 2 teaspoons
- salt - 1/2 teaspoon
- matzo meal - 3 cups
- almonds - 1 cup, ground
- powdered sugar - for dusting
- Combine margarine, sugar, vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon, and salt.
- Add matzo meal and mixed well.
- Stir in ground almonds.
- Shape into teaspoon size balls of dough.
- Roll into powdered sugar and place on greased baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
I know that these cookies use a lot of margarine. In general I try to avoid making margarine based foods. Since Passover is only one week a year, I figure how much damage could it do?
Tonight starts the last day of Passover. I have to say that it’s been a great holiday that I’ve been able to share with friends and family. I wouldn’t mind it going on another week. I’m certain that I wouldn’t go hungry.
Your cookies sound great! I might even make them and Pesach is over!
When I was vegan I asked my rabbi about kitniyot and he said I could eat them, but the rest of the family couldn’t. I made a bunch of individual lentil pies and ate well the whole week.
I was really happy with the way that these came out. I’m glad that you liked them too.
I thought about asking my Rav about kitniyot, but I like the fact that when I make vegan food on Pesach, my whole family eats it. They didn’t use any eggs all week. They had chicken on shabbat and chag, but that’s it, and only used a minimal amount of milk products. I cooked quinoa, which some people think is kitniyot, but that’s as far as I went. We didn’t go hungry. It was really nice week.
Just to let you know I’m browsing through your wonderful site. I made your hotdogs for 4th of July and they were a hit! Had a few left and stuck them in the freezer. Last week I thawed one, chopped it and put it in some soup which was also good. Tomorrow I think I will try your bread machine bagels. The only problem is I don’t have a bread machine. Will try it with my usual method. I also am now the proud owner of a little slow cooker from Walmart that looks just like yours. As you can see, you are an inspiration. : )