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Desserts, Vegetarian

Bitter Almond Cookies

Bitter Almond Cookies
Los Angeles Times

To meet Paul Schrade, a tall, white-haired 77-year-old with a gently bemused smile, you'd never suspect that he's obsessed with a poisonous nut. Mention the bitter almond, however, and the retired union organizer won't stop talking about how--on a culinary ... Read more

Total time: 50 minutes. | Makes 75 cookies
  • 10 bitter almonds, or 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup sweet (regular, non-bitter) almonds
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2Grind the bitter almonds, if using, with the regular almonds in a food processor. Otherwise, just grind the regular almonds.

Step 3Cream together the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the almond extract, if using. Mix together the flour and ground nuts, and slowly add to the butter mixture to form a dough. The dough will be crumbly.

Step 4Shape the dough, about a teaspoon at a time, into balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Lightly flatten the cookies. Bake until lightly browned, 15 to 18 minutes. Roll the cookies in the powdered sugar while still warm. Repeat until all the dough is used.

Note: From Echo restaurant in Fresno.

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