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Desserts

Almond sweeties

Almond sweeties
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Beyond the colorful decorations and after the initial rush of sugar, holiday cookies are about memories and tradition. Be they humble or ornate, our baked goods are used to celebrate and give thanks -- thanks for our childhoods, the blessings ... Read more

Total time: 45 minutes | Serves 12 to 18
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups (8.5 ounces) flour
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Beat in the almond extract and egg yolk. Add the flour and mix thoroughly.

Step 3Spread the dough evenly into a 9-by-12-inch baking pan.

Step 4Beat the egg white until frothy, then brush over the dough. Spread the almonds over the top.

Step 5In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the almonds.

Step 6Bake until golden brown on the edges, about 25 minutes. Remove and cool on a rack, then cut into squares.

Note: Adapted from Laurel Gillis.

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