We are only a few days away from Christmas and I decided to begin my baking a few days early. The first recipe is always my husband’s favorite – almond cookies. This recipe comes from my his aunt and he requests at least one batch every Christmas. Which I don’t mind since they are so easy to make and only take a few pantry staples. The original recipe calls for pecans – but I prefer the taste of almonds a bit more. I am guessing you can use any nuts you have on hand and it will still be delicious. It is powdered sugar and butter after all…
You will also notice my attempt to decorate sugar cookies. Clearly my decorating could use some improvement – but this dough recipe works every time!
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 powder sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup finely chopped almonds (use the food processor – its easier!)
Powder sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Begin by beating butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth, about two minutes. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Then slowly add the flour and mix until just combined. Lastly, add the almonds.
The dough will look very dry and coarse, but as the butter softens it will hold together.
Shape dough into small rounds, about 1 1/2 inches wide.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 22 minutes. While they are still warm, roll in or dust with the extra powdered sugar.