Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
From "The Joy Of Cookies" by Sharon Tyler Herbst. This recipe reads "These buttery, crumbly, nut-coated cookies are the perfect accompaniment for coffee." Passive time includes 15 minutes cooling time in the pan, but there is an additional cooling period after that as well.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, separated
- 3⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
- 3⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup finely chopped almonds
- Preheat oven to 275 degress farenheit. Lightly grease a 10 x 15-inch jelly-roll pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and salt together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and both extracts. Stir in cardamom, then flour, 1/2 c at a time, blending after each addition.
- Use a rubber spatula to spread dough evenly over bottom of prepared pan, or dampen your fingers with water and pat dough into place.
- In a small bowl, lightly whisk egg white until frothy. Pour over dough; spread evenly with the back of a large spoon. Sprinkle nuts over dough and press lightly into surface with the back of a spoon.
- Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until golden brown. Immediately cut into 40 (1 x 3 3/4-inch) fingers with a sharp knife while the bars are still warm. You can get 40 fingers by cutting 10 strips one way and 4 the other.
- Cool 15 minutes in pan on rack. Carefully remove from pan with a metal spatula; cookies are very fragile. Cool completely on racks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week or freeze for longer storage.