Almond Brown Sugar Cookies

These cookies are perfect for accompanying your afternoon cup of tea. While simple to make, they require a few hours in the fridge/freezer to harden slightly before you bake, so you’ll have to plan them a little bit in advance. 

A few British readers commented that they didn’t know how to use cup measurements. I think cups are much easier to use than grams/ounces – all you have to do is buy the set of cups and follow the instructions in the recipe! However, if you’re really having a hard time, this cup to gram conversion may help.

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Ingredients
1½ cups flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
½ cup (or one stick) butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanila extract
½ cup whole blanched almonds
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Method
Beat brown sugar and butter till pale and fluffy, then beat in egg and vanilla
Whisk together flour, baking soda & salt
At low speed, mix in flour mixture till dough just forms
Stir in whole almonds
Divide dough in half
Use a sheet of plastic wrap as an aid and form each piece of dough into a 9-9½” long, 1 1/4″ diameter log
Chill (wrapped in plastic wrap) till very firm (approx 4 hours)
freeze 30 minutes
 
Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC & line two baking trays
Cut each log of dough crosswise into slices less than 1/8″ thick with a thin sharp knife
Arrange cookies ½” apart
Bake till golden brown – 12-15 minutes
Cool on wire racks
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Enjoy!

P.S. Thank you Sarah and Devilishly Pleasurable for passing on these tags.

Also, today is Friend Friday, but everything I wanted to say has been said by Vahni but in much more eloquent terms. Check out her post here. The following really resonated with me (quoted from her post):
 ” Do you think there is a wrong way to promote yourself and your blog?
  • Disingenuous commenting. I cannot stand bloggers who come by and leave a generic comment and ask me to follow them or check out their blogs. […]
  • Promote a product or campaign you don’t believe in. […] Jumping on every bandwagon coming your way diminishes credibility and is a waste of time. […]
  • Offer giveaways too frequently. I’m getting extraordinarily tired of seeing giveaways every week on some blogs. […] Plus, most giveaways are crap because that’s all companies are willing to part with for free. I almost never participate because I almost never click out of my reader to the post. 

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