This is a very sophisticated cookie! Great for tea time, wedding parties or special events. The slivered almonds provide a lot of great crunchiness and the orange zest gives flavor. Not a too sweet shortbread cookie, but it has a very smooth, creamy texture inside. It is similar to a cookie you would find at a bakery! I am very impressed and know that I will repeat this recipe in the future! I will double the orange zest for a more prominant orange flavor. I got a yield of 60 cookies. You do need to keep a watchful eye when baking and NOT OVERBAKE. I found that 15 minutes in a 325 degree oven was just right. A great little shortbread cookie! Prepared for the 2008 Comfort Food event in the Photo Forum. Caroline, thanks for sharing this recipe.
A delicious cookie - I sprinkled some confectioner's sugar on top. I will make these many times, I am sure.