Gail asked about an almond-free version of my Cranberry Crunch Cookies:
This is almost exactly what I'm looking for my holiday cookies. However, I need them to be nut-free. Do you have an idea for a replacement for the ground almonds?
Hi, Gail. Thanks for writing in! Having a nut allergy can be tough, especially around this time of year when so many treats seem to be loaded with hazelnuts, walnuts, etc. (I'm afraid my next recipe--a Nutella and hazelnut cookie--will only contribute to the nutfest at the holidays.)
I think you could just go ahead and leave out the nuts. Or replace them with an equal amount of craisins. But if you want to retain the crunchy part of the recipe, you might want to consider using some unsalted soy nuts as an almond replacement. Soy nuts are crunchy, taste kind of like peanuts, and--best of all--aren't actually nuts. (Full disclosure: While I've been meaning to make a soy nut cookie for a while, I haven't actually tried it yet.)
For a truly nut-free cranberry cookie, you might want to make my XXX Cranberry Cookies instead. The flavors are very similar--cranberry and orange--but with ground up Nilla Wafers instead of graham crackers.