Almond Delights

You can buy almonds blanched or easily do it yourself. Just pour boiling water over raw almonds and set aside for a few minutes. Using your fingers, slip the skins off the almonds and allow them to dry.

Makes: 60 cookiesHands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 40 minutesDifficulty: Easy


Makes: 60 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 3 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 60 blanched almonds

Directions

  • Sift flour, confectioners’ sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.
  • Cream butter until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk, vanilla, and almond extract; blend well.
  • Stir in flour mixture. Chill at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 2 large baking sheets.
  • Roll dough into ½” balls. Place 2” apart on baking sheets. Brush lightly with cream; press an almond into each. Bake 10–12 minutes, or until just golden.