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Holiday cookies: Day 19 — Almond Cookies

This recipe is from Jim Smallwood. He writes, “Back in 1991, I was trying to think of a recipe for cookies to enter in the Santa Cruz County Fair in California. I was tired of entering the same old chocolate chip cookies, so I took an old shortbread cookie recipe of my mother’s and changed it a little, made up a batch and found that my children loved it. The almond cookie has now become a family favorite and I make it every year around the holidays. Oh, yes, it took a third-place ribbon at the fair in 1994 and 1995.”


1 cup melted butter

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 cup coarse ground almonds

2 cups flour


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter, sugar, almonds and almond extract thoroughly. Add almonds and flour and mix in with your hands. Place dough on a flat surface, pat dough with your hands until it is about a 1/2-inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out cookies (about 21/2 inches in diameter). Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for eight minutes. Cookies do not brown or change their shape. Remove from oven and let cookies cool before removing from baking sheet.