California Almonds: Better For Almond Cookies

Almonds are a wonderful nut for baking, especially with their light, smooth flavor. From muffins to cookies, cakes to pie crusts, almonds add flavor and personality to your dishes ' two things that you simply can't do without. To add dimension to your baking dishes and to boost the flavor of your favorite confections, consider accenting your recipes with some of the California Almonds from Available in salted and unsalted varieties, these large, decadent almonds from California are the perfect ingredient for completing your favorite dishes. Not to mention, carries California Almonds in a variety of sizes, so you can be sure that you're getting just the right amount. Factor in the wholesale prices and slow roasted, delicious taste and you've got a nut that's a must have in your kitchen. After you've replenished your supply of California Almonds, be sure to try out this lovely recipe for Almond Cookies. A holiday favorite! Ingredients: ½ cup butter zest of 1 lemon ½ cup white sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup flour 1/3 cup finely ground California almonds For the coating: 2 egg whites, whipped slightly 1 ½ cups sliced almonds Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together butter, lemon zest, sugar, and vanilla until well combined. Next, add the flour and ground California almonds. Mix until it forms a dough. Cover and chill for one hour. Then, line a baking tray with parchment paper. After the dough has chilled, form small rolls from the dough. Dip each roll in egg whites, then in sliced almonds until covered. Gently press the sliced almonds into each cookie roll. Place cookies on baking tray and chill for at least 20 minutes. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until cookies reach a golden brown. Store in an airtight container or serve with coffee, tea, or cocoa as a wonderful holiday snack.

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