Credit for the recipe goes to The Weekend Baker, by Abigail Johnson Dodge, my currently favorite cookbook. It yields delicious, soft, cakelike cookies, with added crunch from the toasted almonds. If you don't have any toasted almonds on hand, its easy to do before you start, almond slivers just need a stint the same oven temperature as the recipe requires--350 degrees-- for about 8 minutes. Also, I use the spoon-and-sweep method. Dip-and-sweep will result in too much flour.