Monday, August 2, 2010

Almond Cookies

This is a very nice traditional Chinese cookie that I made for Sarah Tunick's shower. Everyone enjoyed them! And they are lots of fun to make, little hands can help! It is very easily doubled.

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (only)
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 small package slivered almonds (can use whole blanched, but these work)
1 egg, lightly beaten

In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In an electric mixer cream together butter, shortening & sugar. Add egg and almond extract, beat until blended. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix well. I didn't find the dough to be crumbly, but knead together a little if needed. Form into 2 logs about 12 inches long (I got 3, they were thin). Roll with wax paper and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (This can be made the night before)
Preheat oven to 325F.

Take a log out and cut 15-16 even circles. Roll into a ball and place on lightly greased cookie sheet ( I use my stones, no greasing needed) about 1 1/2 inches apart. This is where the kids can help. Place 2 almond slivers in an 'X' shape in the middle and press down lightly. Brush with a little egg. (This makes a lovely glaze)
Bake 15-18 minutes until golden brown. I took mine out around 10 minutes. They were nice and cooked and light! Cool competely and store in Tupperware or air tight container.
YUM! They have such a light almond taste and are very addicting!
From: Google Internet search modified by Poff's Kitchen
Makes: 45 cookies (if you make thin logs)

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