This is a traditional and simple recipe for almond cookies...these are nice and delicate, flaky cookies.
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shortening
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
red food coloring or blanched almonds**
Preheat oven to 350F. Sift flour with sugar, soda and salt into a large bowl. Mix in shortening and knead thoroughly (8 to 10 minutes). Combine egg almond extract and vanilla extract. Stir into flour mixture. Mix well. Shape into balls using 1 tablespoon of dough. Place on ungreased baking sheets and make a depression in the top with the thumb.
**Dip the blunt end of a chopstick in red food coloring and press into the top of each cookie. A blanchend almond may be pressed into the center of each instead of red coloring.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Makes six dozen.