Almond cookies are a tradition in various cultures and cuisines. In the US, it is a simple cookie similar to shortbread that incorporates ground almond meal that is sometimes decorated with a whole or slivered almond. This delightful cookie is a staple in Italian and Chinese cultures, and the French version, the macaron, is quickly gaining popularity in the US. Various other forms of almond cookies are prepared in other countries like Spain, Turkey and Norway. Make these delectable cookies with almonds from our Almond of the Month Club.
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup ground almonds
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar. Grind the almonds in a food processor until blended. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, and ground almonds.
2. Add the flour gradually in batches until incorporated. Drop by the teaspoonful onto a no-stick cookie sheet. Space the almond cookies 2 inches apart. Gently press a whole almond on the top of the cookie.
3. Bake 5 to 7 minutes in the pre-heated oven, or until they are a very light brown/beige. Serve with a cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy!