Since Trader Joes discontinued the almond meal I needed to use for a recipe today, I had to make some myself. I did not blanch them as we found we prefer the taste of them with the skin on in the cookies. It was easy enough to do in the food processor, just make sure that you add a little sugar from the recipe to ensure you don't end up with almond butter. The pulse button is your friend! You could even use a spice grinder, but it might take awhile if you need a lot.
The fudge I made today is incredibly easy and is something we have been making for the past few years. It is a little unusal but if you love cinnamon like we do - you have to make this! The result is creamy, melt in your mouth, addictive and Jeff can't keep his hand out of the container. I'll have to make another batch at this rate if we ever get them wrapped to send out.