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Bake a batch of almond cookies and enjoy the crunch

For everyone who enjoys a crunchy cookie these almond cookies are the perfect choice for baking. The batter is made with almond extract and slivered or sliced almonds inside and out.

Crunchy almond cookies!
Jackson Cooking Examiner / Beverly Mucha

Almonds are considered a nut but technically it is the seed of the fruit of an almond tree that we enjoy so much. The almond tree bears its fruit similar to peaches, apricots and cherries where the seeds or pits are inside the fruits.

Almonds are very versatile and are available throughout the year. They are a healthy nut that brings much flavor to all and any baked goods they are mixed into.

Let’s bake a batch of almond cookies and celebrate today’s food holiday – “National Almond Day”!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of butter, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of almond extract
  • 3 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350’.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until it gets light and fluffy.
  3. Then beat in the almond extract.
  4. Now mix in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt slowly to the creamed butter mixture until the batter is fully combined.
  5. Then fold in ¾ of a cup of sliced almonds or almond slivers.
  6. Place teaspoonfuls of cookie batter 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.
  7. Press down slightly on the batter and sprinkle some sliced almond over the tops.
  8. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Remove cookie tray from oven and allow cookies to cool for 2 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
  10. Let cookies cool completely before placing them on a serving tray or in a cookie jar.
  11. Enjoy!

(Almonds used in recipe were provided by California Almonds)

Sometimes we feel like a nut and “National Almond Day” is the perfect day for it!

© 2014 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved

Jackson residents can shop at any of these local grocery stores: Pick’n Save or Wal-mart for all the ingredients needed for this recipe.

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