Simply Satisfying Almond Cookies

Almond Cookies 7Every year I like to try a new cookie for the holidays and this year got to try a new one for a recent Gr8 Dinner!

I am always looking for easy to make cookies that bake up well. This recipe is a keeper and is my new all time favorite! This version of a Chinese almond cookie is very similar to a shortbread cookie. You will be amazed at how simple and addicting these cookies are. Satisfaction guaranteed!

The dough goes together easily.Almond Cookies 1Then I like to use a 1″ cookie scoop to easily make balls.Almond Cookies 2Flatten them using a jar or glass (I love the way the edge looks at this point.)Almond Cookies 3Brush with the egg wash.Almond Cookies 4Sprinkle with the sliced almonds.Almond Cookies 5And Voilà! You have delicious and satisfying Almond Cookies!Almond Cookies 6

Almond Cookies 7
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Almond Cookies

Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter if using salted butter, decrease the salt to 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco®
  • 1 egg
  • 3 teaspoons almond extract
  • Sliced almonds for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together into a mixing bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer, blend in the butter and butter flavored Crisco until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
  4. Add egg and almond extract and mix well.
  5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Set them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Press to flatten balls slightly. You can use the bottom of a glass or jar for this.
  7. If desired, brush with an egg wash, see Gr8 Tip below.
  8. Place some sliced almonds on top of each cookie.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Gr8 Tip:

An egg wash can be used to add shine and color to your cookies. Simply beat an egg and 1-3 teaspoons of milk or water and brush only the tops (not the sides) of the cookies before baking.

 

 

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