Crazy for almonds cookies

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If you are like me you’ve kept some holidays cookies in the freezer for that tea and cookies afternoon with friends that pop up later in the month to say Happy New Year.
And my ever favorite “Crazy for almonds cookies”, as certainly I am, came very handy for a nice green tea and cookies with our Brazilian guest, who is here enjoying some Canadian winter with us.
That’s actually why I have been away from the blog for a while. Got this unexpected trip to Brazil, São Paulo, the place where I grew up and since it is their summer holidays there, we brought my daughter’s friend over with us.
The cookies were a big hit although she is not crazy about green tea as I am. Ground almonds and almond extract give these cookies an intense almond taste, which I love. You can adjust the extract if you prefer milder. The original recipe from Canadian Living, Holidays celebrations, fall 2007, calls for icing on top. I like to dust some icing sugar and keep it simple, nice and perfect for my taste.

Crazy for almonds cookies

2 cups ground almonds
1 cup soft butter
1 1/4 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or grease. Heat oven to 325F.
In large bowl beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in almond extract. In separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Combine it with the butter mixture, mixing well and kneading with hands if necessary.
Open the dough and cut it in whatever shapes you like. Bake in top and bottom thirds of the oven, rotating and switching pans half way through, until light golden, 16 to 18 minutes.
Let cool on racks for 5 min. Store in air tight container, layered between parchment paper for up 5 days of in the freezer for 3 weeks. Enjoy and share!

Here’s São Paulo:

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picture source: São Paulo

Lots of information about this crazy, huge and wonderful city here.

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