These Sesame Praline Lace Cookies are so simple, but so impressive. They cook to a beautiful crispy and chewy delicacy that is part cookie and part candy and are sure to become a holiday favourite.
What is praline?
So, what is praline anyway? In North America we have come to think of pralines as candied pecans, but pralines were originally made with almonds and boiled sugar which was often used as a filling for chocolates. The creator of pralines was a cook who worked for the French soldier Marshal de Plessis-Praslin in the early 18th century (1). Pralines were originally called “praslin” after the soldier. Praline continues to be a generic name for candies made with nuts and sugar.
When the French arrived in Louisiana, they quickly discovered that while sugar cane was abundant there were no almonds available, so pecans were used instead to make praline confections. In addition to sugar and nuts, the Southern Americans added cream to their candy to make it even richer tasting (2).
My recipe for Sesame Praline Lace Cookies is dedicated to my love, as a tribute to his French heritage, his ‘Cajun cousins, and his commitment to always looking for healthier food choices
Instead of butter I used ghee in these cookies. Ghee is 99% butter fat, which means that the milk proteins have been removed, making ghee tolerable to most people who have dairy sensitivities. Instead of white flour, these cookies contain equal parts almond flour, sorghum flour and brown rice flour. Both of these are still sugars are less processed than white sugar, and therefore retain some nutrients.
Sesame seeds provide antioxidants in the form of zinc, selenium and vitamin E. Almonds also provide vitamin E as well as manganese and magnesium. Antioxidants protect cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Magnesium helps with blood sugar management and blood pressure control and manganese plays a role in metabolism and reducing inflammation.
But let’s be honest, when we’re eating cookies or any sweet treats it would be an oxymoron to call them truly “healthy”, because sugar contributes to so many health issues. This is where moderation is key to consumption. Keeping our diets balanced and nutrients dense will support good health, even if we do eat a few cookies.
Sesame Praline Lace Cookies
- ¼ cup sorghum flour
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup brown rice flour
- ½ cup + 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
- ½ cup sesame seeds toasted
- ½ cup chopped almonds toasted
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup ghee melted
- ½ tsp salt
- Heat oven to 325º. Toast almonds and sesame seeds on a small sheet pan for 5-7 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and roll into small balls, about ½-¾” each. Leave space (3-4”) between cookies on the baking sheet because the cookies will spread out as they cook. Bake about 9 minutes. Slide parchment off the cookie sheet and let cookies cool, still on the parchment, on a cooling rack. They will become firm as they cool.
- Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip one end of the cookies in chocolate.
- Pecans can be used instead of almonds
- Cookies can be rolled while warm for an alternate presentation