What the heck are Croquants you might ask? Well, translated from French, the word means crunchy. With only a handful of ingredients, these nut laden cookies do indeed pack a crunch!
A Four Ingredient Cookie
From just a glance at the ingredients, I expected this cookie to be a nutty meringue. But after checking the directions, I realized these were anything but. Large chunks of nuts were tossed with sugar, then mixed with unwhipped egg whites. A bit of flour was then incorporated to make a dough, which was scooped into small mounds on a cookie sheet and baked.. Unskinned hazelnuts and almonds are most traditional in these sweets, but Dorie’s favorite version features salted cashews. I had some roasted Marcona almond in my panty, so went to work on a half batch of the recipe. My FFwD friends know that the ol’ hubby would never touch a cookie with nuts, unless they were microscopic so a small batch was warranted.
A popular cookie in France, these croquants are found garnishing ice cream in the renowned Paris glacier, Berthillon. Heralded as the perfect sweet accompaniment to tea or coffee for nut lovers, these weren’t a favorite of mine or my taste testers. Of course, I was also serving a frozen chocolate mousse cake and chocolate seems to trump nuts amongst my friends. If they sound intriguing, give this easy recipe a try! I’m sorry to say, these went into the trash after a couple nibbles.