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Almond Shortbread

a wonderful recipe from my dear friend Douglas H.

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, softened in microwave oven

  • half a cup of caster sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • 2 and a quarter cups of plain flour

  • 100g flaked almonds

Method

  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 150C fan forced

  • 2.

    Beat butter, sugar and vanilla till light and fluffy (approx 5 mins)

  • 3.

    Stir in sifted flour and almonds

  • 4.

    Roll rounded teaspoons of mixture into balls.

  • 5.

    Place 2cm apart on greased oven trays.

  • 6.

    Press slightly with a fork.

  • 7.

    Bake for for about 20 minutes or until pale straw colour.

  • 8.

    Let stand 10 minutes on tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

  • 9.

    When cool, sprinkle with icing sugar.

  • 10.

    Makes about 35-40 biscuits

Notes

I rolled half the batch & 'formed' the other half using a teaspoon.
The unrolled biscuits looked nicer and less uniform in my opinion.

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Posted by Philippa WightmanReport
Having cooled, the texture of the unrolled pastry far exceeded the texture of the rolled shortbreads.
My advice would be to grab a teaspoonful of dough, place it on the baking sheet, then bring the mixture together with your fingertips. No rolling. No kneading. No excessive heat/touching (developing gluten & making them slightly tougher than those not 'overworked).
Posted by Christina38Report
You can also use a small buttered ice cream scoop to form cookies and put icing sugar on when cookies are hot, sticks to cookie better when there warm