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Almond Cookies

Fruits, Desserts, and Other Sweet Foods

Almond Cookies
3/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
7 Tablespoons room-temperature lard
7 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 beaten egg, in three equal parts
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
24 whole almonds, blanched
1. Mix all the flour and lard, then add the brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder, and two-thirds of the beaten egg, and knead lightly just until everything is well combined. Then add the almond extract and knead gently until soft but smooth.
2. Roll into 24 small balls, put a thumb print into each one, and press an almond firmly into each depression. Then gently flatten each cookie.
3. Put the cookies on a baking sheet, and using the remaining beaten egg, brush each cookie twice with this egg wash.
4. Bake the cookies in a pre-heated 350 degree F oven for eighteen minutes until the cookie is a deep tan and has crackles all over it. Remove and cool on a cookie sheet, and when at room temperature, serve.

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