This almond cookie recipe has been a Christmas tradition in my family ever since I can remember. My mom made these every year at Christmas time and I have to say they are to this day one of my favorite cookies ever! She handed down her recipe to me on a 3x5 card that I still have to this day. It has yellowed and the writing has faded but I consider it a treasure! Christmas truly is a time where you can bring loved ones back into your memories as you enjoy the special treats that you grew up on. I have made these now myself every year, and I hope that my children, and hopefully someday grandchildren, will also enjoy these for many Christmas's to come! You might also like to add this one to your Christmas cookie list!
Mom's Almond Cookies
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 egg, well beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tarter
Cream together butter and sugar
Add egg and extracts and beat well
Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
Cover and chill for 1 hour
Form small balls and place on a cookie sheet.
Cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, depending big you roll the balls. Smaller ones might only take about 8 minutes)
After cookies come out of oven, put on rack to cool and place a cherry in the middle of the cookie.
Another option for these cookies that my mom would do was to roll the cookie into powdered sugar, and instead of putting a cherry on, she would but a blanched almond slice on top before cooking. These were just as yummy!
|My mother's original recipe|