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MARIO BATALI Brutti Ma Buoni (Ugly But Good) Cookies

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They may be ugly but they sure are delicious! Make these cookies for your next cookie swap!

ingredients
BRUTTI MA BUONI (UGLY BUT GOOD) COOKIES
butter and sugar (for greasing the cookie sheet)
7 large egg whites
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pound sliced almonds (lightly toasted)

directions
Preheat the oven to 300ºF. Grease 2 baking sheets with butter and lightly sprinkle with sugar.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl or the bowl of electric stand mixture fitted with a whisk attachment, begin whisking the eggs to eventually form glossy, medium-hard peaks. Once the egg whites are foamy, begin slowly adding the sugar, then the vanilla and cinnamon. When the eggs form glossy, medium-hard peaks, use a spatula to gently fold in the almonds.
Using a tablespoon, gently dollop the cookie mixture onto the prepared baking pan, leaving a 1-inch space around the individual cookies on all sides. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and turn the oven to 250ºF. When the oven comes to temperature, place the cookies back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature.
Helpful Tips:
– Chilling egg whites prior to whipping, helps to hold their shape.
– Make the cookies ahead of time. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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