|Today is the first days of school for kids in our area. I always made cookies for my kids to eat when they came home on the first day and these were always a favorite.|
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons of almond extract
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 can or roll of almond paste
2 cups of flour.
Combine wet ingredients until creamy then add dry ingredients. I use a 2 tablespoon ice cream scoop and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. When it is as hot as it is here, I place them in the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes before baking. I like them to stay mounded and not flatten out and chilling them does the trick.
Bake them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. You don't really want them to brown. They should just be set. Allow them to rest on the cookie sheets for about 5 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
While they are cooling make this simple icing:
4 cups confectioner sugar
1/2 stick of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of milk
I dip the tops in decorating sugar.
2 T. sugar
2 T. rapid rise yeast
2 C. milk
2 T. oil
2 tsp. salt
6 C. flour
Mix everything together and knead until you have a smooth ball of dough. Cover it and let it rise until doubled. Dump it on the counter and divide it into three pieces.
Bake them at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes until they turn golden. These freeze very well.