Friday, January 28, 2011

CNY: almond cookies

i always end up buying my almond cookies
i am just too lazy to bake em myself

earlier this week i was hunting for a good recipe
because there just wasn't one in the family
my ancestors were not exactly bakers
they only cooked
which is probably the reason my great-grandmother is still alive 
no sugar, no red meat, no stress and lots of vegetables
going to the market every morning
and puttering around the house like normal

she is a 100
wowie zowie

but back to the cookies
here is a recipe that looks like it might be good
and i might be baking em for CNY pretty soon

Chinese Restaurant Almond Cookies
Submitted By: Rosina
Photo By: LAVENDA1
Servings: 48

"It's been said that the lard is what produces the traditional taste. However, if desired, butter or margarine may be substituted for very satisfactory results."
2 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup lard
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
48 almonds
1.Sift flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together into a bowl. Cut in the lard until mixture resembles cornmeal. Add egg and almond extract. Mix well.
2.Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Set them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place an almond on top of each cookie and press down to flatten slightly
3.Bake in a pre-heated 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) oven for 15-18 minutes. Cool on rack.

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