Hi again, and thanks for your reply.
I do think leaving out the ground nuts may be affect the consistency of the cookies, since it does add substance and weight. If Hubby doesn't like nuts, perhaps you can grind them quite fine in your food processor, so he doesn't detect the actual 'feel' of them in the cookie. If he doesn't mind a mild almond flavor, perhaps you can add a little almond extract in place of the actual nuts. Also, try a recipe that calls for the least amount of nuts possible, because as you can see, the amounts vary, somewhat.
If you've been leaving the nuts out of your recipe, that can very well be the reason they are not coming out the way they should. Perhaps try baking one batch with and one without nuts, and see if it makes a difference. Since the ground nuts are adding volume, if you leave them out, you may have to increase the flour a little bit, but at the same time, you would not want the cookies to come out too dry and brittle, so increase the butter in a relative amount. You might also want to try almond flour, if you can find it in a local store, to substitute for the amount of ground nuts in the recipe you choose.
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Edited by Cher on 11/28/2010 at 6:02 AM EST