Now I have to make a little confession–I have never made cookies before–so I make no pretense to be a patissier (I didn’t even know that baking requires baking powder!). Hence, I make no apologies when my creation did not turn out to be perfect 10 (the cookies became a tad too hard the morning after). The butter cookies were still pleasing and irresistable and I savored each biteful slowly, each crumb and crust.
As a novice, I did not have my own recipe, but the internet is a massive resource. I found the recipe on About.com and here are the ingredients and method:
Almond Cookies Recipe – Almond cookies symbolize coins and will be sure to bring you good fortune.
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted or stirred before measuring
1 dash salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
A handful of sliced almonds
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir dry ingredients and sliced almonds into butter mixture; mixing until well blended. Shape dough into small balls and flatten them. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake butter cookies at 300° for 20 minutes, or until just lightly browned.
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