It does not matter what you call them, these are easy to make and delicious! Our family makes them for Christmas, but today I am mailing these to send to my son who is off to college because they keep well at room temperature for several days. I use the Betty Crocker recipe except that I substitute 1/2 cup of flour with the same amount of almond meal (ground almonds). I also add almond extract to enhance the almond flavor. Using the food processor makes the whole thing easy and makes the fewest dishes. So here goes:
2 sticks (1 cup butter) softened (don’t skip this step)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour + 1/2 almond meal (if yo don’t have this simply skip and use 2 1/4 cup flour)
3/4 cup finely ground nuts (I used walnuts)
1/2 tsp salt
Extra powdered sugar to roll the cookies.
1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.
2. In a food processor, finely grind the walnuts and set aside.
3. Add the butter, powdered sugar and the extracts and blend.
4. Add the flour, almond meal, ground nuts, salt and pulse until the dough comes together.
5. Remove from the processor, shape into a smooth ball and roll into 24 balls.
6. Place balls on an ungreased cookie sheet about 1″ apart. You may need to do this in 2 batches.
7. Bake 10-12 min (do not over bake). The cookies should not be brown when you pull them out.
8. Roll cookies in powdered sugar while still warm, then roll again.
9. Store in a tight box between pieces of parchment. The cookie freezes well and as I said above, it also travels well.