These light, tender cookies are great served with ice cream as an easy holiday dessert or simply a cup of coffee or tea after dinner.
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1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
48 whole blanched almonds
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg (yolk only)
1 tablespoon water
Heat oven to 350°F.
Combine butter and sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and almond extract; beat until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.
Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly; press almond into center of each cookie.
Beat egg yolk with water in bowl; brush cookies evenly with egg mixture. Bake 11-15 minutes or until just set.
- These cookies were traditionally made with lard in China because pork is plentiful. We've changed to butter instead for a richer flavor and slightly crisper texture. Far more flavorful than the fortune cookie, keep them on hand, baked and ready, in your freezer.
- To blanch almonds for easy skin removal, place almonds in bowl; cover with boiling water. Let stand 1-2 minutes; drain. Cool; remove skins by rubbing.
Easy Christmas cookie and bar recipes for holiday eating and giving! These Christmas bars and cookies are simple to make, yet impressive on a plate.