These cookies are my all-time favorite! The recipe has won ribbons at fairs and applause from family and guests alike! One of the reasons I like it is that I can make the dough and freeze it. Then, when I need another batch of cookies, I take a "log" out of the freezer, thaw it and make fresh cookies in minutes!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- In a bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Combine dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture along with nuts. Shape into three 9x1-1/2-in. rolls; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2-3 days for spices to blend.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 7 dozen.
Originally published as Spiced Almond Cookies in Country Extra January 1993, p47
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