Prep 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook 9 mins
From Real Simple's facebook page feature of desserts -- life made easier, everyday!
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
- Heat oven to 350°F
- Spread the almonds on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing occasionally, until golden, 4 to 5 minutes; let cool. (Or, toast on the stove top in an iron skillet ~ stir constantly til golden. Be careful not to burn them!).
- In a food processor, pulse ½ cup of the almonds with ½ cup of the brown sugar until the almonds are finely ground. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt.
- With an electric mixer, beat the butter and the remaining ½ cup brown sugar at medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract and beat to combine. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually mix in the flour-nut mixture just until combined (do not overmix). Gently fold in the remaining ½ cup almonds.
- Form the dough into two 12-by-1½-inch logs. Refrigerate, tightly wrapped, until firm, about 2 hours or up to 2 days.
- Heat oven to 350° F with the racks in the upper and lower thirds. Working with 1 log at a time (keep the other chilled), cut it into ¼-inch slices and place the slices on 2 baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until golden, 9 to 11 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Keep the cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
OMG!!! These are so good and addicting!! I only made 1/2 of the recipe, as I am the only nut lover in the house and am sure glad I did, otherwise, I would have probably eaten the whole amount. This will be a new cookie for my Christmas trays. I made this as written except I didn't have the almond extract so just used the vanilla. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Made for Photo Tag Game.