All Easy Recipes. Cook all that you can cook. Almond Cookies
(Hsing - Jen - Ping)
What You Need:            (To Make: 8 dozen cookies)
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  • pound lard
  • cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 4 drops yellow food coloring
  • 2 cups unsifted flour
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoon salt
  • cup blanched almonds, split in half
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • How To Cook:
    1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the lard and sugar by beating them together with a large spoon until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then add the almond extract and yellow food coloring.

    2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt and sift them into the bowl. With your fingers, mix the ingredients together until a fairly firm dough is formed.

    3. Divide the dough in half and shape it into two fat cylinders, then roll them on a lightly floured surface with the palms of your hands until each cylinder is about 12 inches long and 1 inches in diameter. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

    TO COOK:
    1. Preheat the oven to 375. With a cleaver or sharp knife, cut the chilled dough crosswise into slices inch thick.

    2. Lay a dozen or so of the circles side by side and 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet, and press an almond half gently but firmly in the center of each.

    3. Brush the cookies with a thin film of beaten egg and bake in the center of the oven for about 10 minutes, or until they are golden brown. With a spatula, transfer the cookies to a rack to cool.

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