Dessert Almond Cookies

posted by Nalani 02-15-100 1:01 PM

Almond Cookies
(from Mary Sia's Chinese Cookibook)

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup sugar
1 1/3 cups shortening
Blanched almonds or red food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Sift flour, soda and salt together. Beat egg with a fork until lemon colored. Add almond extract.

Cream sugar and shortening well, add egg and mix thoroughly. Add dry ingredients gradually.

Roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter and place an inch apart on greased cookie sheet. Press thumb gently in center of top of each ball. Fill depression with half a blanched almond or touch it with the end of a chopstick dipped in red food coloring.

Bake 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until browned. Makes about 54 cookies.

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