Almond Butter Cookies

Cookie time!!! Honestly I am not a big fan of cookies or any sweets for that matter. To the contrary my hubby dear is fond, fonder, fondest of any sweets..Well there are couple of advantages with that..Number one there will be no fight for the last cookie or sweet..Number two, as I am making this for my hubby dear, I do not have to clean the dishes....Number three, as I am lazy to do work outs, not eating sweets will save me some(not some but a lot of) calories YAYYYYY!!!!

Okie okie I understand the look on your faces. I am coming to the recipe. Below is my version of almond butter cookies:



Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour (Maida)
1/2 cup ground almonds or almond powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup  butter,  softened at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp almond extract
Garnish
Almonds to place on the top
Powder sugar

Method
These cookies are to be done in 2 steps.
First Step
In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder, almond powder salt and keep aside.
Take another bowl add butter and powdered sugar and beat to form a creamy mixture. Add in the egg, vanilla and almond extracts and beat on low for another minute or two.
Into the sugar butter mixture add 1/4th of the flour  and it is time for you to get your hands dirty. Incorporate the flour mixture into butter mixture. Once the flour mixture disappear add another 1/4th part of the flour mixture and repeat till all the flour mixture is well incorporated into butter mixture. The dough will be little stickier well I lied..it will be a lot stickier..Do not worry.
Now take a parchment paper, dump some dough onto the parchment paper. Sprinkle little bit flour onto the dough and apply some flour to your hands too. Now roll the dough into log. Sprinkle flour if the dough is sticking to the paper. Repeat the process till all the dough is formed into logs.
Stick the logs in the fridge for 30 minutes.



First step is done and now you have 30 minutes to clean your dishes..kidding :)..

Second step
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take the logs out and slice to desired thickness. If you want to garnish, place a almond on each slice and place 1 inch apart on parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for  for 15 to 20 minutes or just until set and edges are lightly golden. Take out the oven, transfer the cookies to wire rack or to a plate and let them cool. I dusted half the cookies with powdered sugar.



Note
Dust some powdered sugar on top the cookies once they are out of the over for a decorative look.
If you do not have almond extract on hand substitute with vanilla extract no biggie.

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