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: 60Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 40 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 60


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1⁄8 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 60 blanched almonds


  • 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 1⁄2-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Brush lightly with cream; press an almond into each. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until just golden.