Cookies made with Canola Oil. Iced Almond Gems.

Cookies made with Canola Oil. Iced Almond Gems.

What does canola mean to me?

Garden on Nutmeg Disrupted just north of Grande Prairie Alberta

Canola field just north of Grande Prairie Alberta

Combines in a canola field just north of Grande Prairie Alberta

One of the big things it means for me is bumble bees. And with that it means bumper crops from my little backyard paradise! There is nothing better then driving through the country in the summer with fields of golden yellow dotting the landscape for miles around. I imagine it would be quite a fantastic view from the air.

I live across the road from a Canola farmer, the shot with the rainbow is off my back deck.

It also means my go to Christmas cookie is eligble for a shot at winning a trip to the Food Bloggers Conference in April of 2013 thanks to the Manitoba Canola Growers and the Food Bloggers of Canada though the My Cookies are the Best Contest!

I have talked about these sweet little tender gems before. They are a fantastic, quick to make cookie using ingredients that eveyone already has in their pantry. No butter needed, these awesome cookies are made with canola oil!  And you can decorate them for any season or occasion which makes them the perfect cookie!

The dough in this recipe is very user friendly so this is a great cookie to make with the kids!

Iced Almond Gems

2 1/2 cups of flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

3 eggs

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon of almond extract

Grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment paper  and set aside. In a bowl stir the flour, baking powder and salt together.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla and almond extract with an electric mixer until combined. Beat in the flour mixture until combined.

Using about a teaspoon of dough, roll into a ball,  and place on the cookie sheet spacing about  1 inch apart.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Move to a wire rack to cool.

While cookies are cooling, prepare the icing.

Cookies made with canola oil

Icing Recipe

1 cup of icing sugar

1/4 teaspoon of almond extract

2 – 4 teaspoons of water

Combine until smooth. Adjust with a few drop of water if you do find it to thick. Or add more sugar if you find it too thin. A thicker icing will stick better to the cookies.

Dip each cookie into the icing. Sprinkle with non pareils or a colored sugar!

Iced Almond Gems. Cookies made with canola oil.

Allow to dry for about 20 minutes before handling.

They are definitely one of my favorite cookies and one that everyone really enjoys!

I hope you will also.

A cookie tray featuring Iced Almond Gems, made with canola oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Cookies made with Canola Oil. Iced Almond Gems.

  1. Hi Jenn!

    I absolutely do love canola oil, I use it almost every day in my kitchen. It is the only oil I use.

    I love living across from the canola field. Not only does it assure I will have a busy yard with the bees, it is also a great view and makes for a colorful summer.

    I have made salsa and various hot sauces with my bumper crop of tomatos. I had over 100 pounds off the 8 plants in my yard this year! Along with all my peppers and abundance of flowers, it was a very successful summer indeed!

    Thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate the opportunity! And I look forward to spending more time over on the growers website! I suspect there is many fabulous recipes to be discovered!

    Have a fantastic rest of the week!

  2. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I love all the photos you have included that tell your story about your love for canola. I just love the photo with the rainbow. My goodness you sure had a bumper crop of tomatoes. What did you make with all of them?
    Best of luck in the contest.
    Be Well…Jenn

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