“12 Cookies of Christmas”, Day 7: Almond Cookies

December 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Another staple in our holiday list of cookies (SWEETTABLESCAPES ‘s been making them for years!) are these simple and light ALMOND COOKIES:

Cut out of a magazine many years ago, we can’t give you the source of the recipe but take our word for it….they are great!

IMG_5301You’ll need:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup lard or shortening

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup finely ground almond (or almond meal)

36 whole blanched almonds

For the glaze: one egg yolk and 1 Tbsp water

Directions:

In small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.     IMG_5264

In a small mixer bowl beat lard or shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.IMG_5266IMG_5267

Beat in eggs and ground almonds until well blended. Stir in flour mixture to form a stiff dough. IMG_5268IMG_5269IMG_5270IMG_5271

Shape into 36 balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. IMG_5272

Flatten each ball and press a blanched almond in the center of each cookie.IMG_5300

Combine egg yolk and water. Brush over each cookie.

Bake at 350F for 12 to 15 minutes or until pale golden.IMG_5301When shopping for blanched almonds, they’re often slivered or sliced. To blanch your own whole almonds, simply boil water in a small saucepan, pour in your whole almonds and let them sit in water for about a minute (they’ll start coming to the surface”. Drain. Let them cool for a few minutes and peel them; the skin comes off very easily that way. Let them dry thoroughly. Grind them in your food processor and you’ve got your almond meal:

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