Almond Christmas Biscuits

    25 minutes

    These are my family's favorite biscuit. They are simple to make, unique and pretty and make a great present at Christmas too. The almond icing is optional but nice.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 125g butter
    • 1 cup (220g) white sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond essence
    • 1 3/4 cups (220g) plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup (60g) slivered almonds
    • 2 tablespoons (40ml) milk
    • For the icing
    • 1 cup (155g) icing sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond essence
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) milk

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Preheat oven to 165 degrees C.
    2. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add egg and almond essence; mix until fluffy. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt; mix well.
    3. Divide dough into 4 pieces, and roll each one into a log about 30cm long. Place 2 logs per cookie sheet 10-13cm apart. Flatten each roll by hand until it is about 3 inches wide. Brush flattened roll with milk and sprinkle with sliced almonds.
    4. Bake in preheated oven 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. While the cookies are still warm, cut them crosswise at a diagonal, into slices about 2cm wide. When cool, drizzle with almond icing if you like.
    5. Almond icing: In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar, almond essence, and milk until smooth. Drizzle over the cookies.

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    Wonderful! These were not only amazing to eat, but they also smelled terrific. I doubled the almond extract (I LOVE the smell/taste of if you're a big almond fan, I recommend this) and ended up adding an extra egg because my dough wasn't moist enough. This gave the cookies an even lighter consistancy and REALLY made them melt in your mouth. I will be making these again soon...thanks for the recipie!  -  27 Feb 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is a great recipe! I've been to two cookie parties in the past week and these cookies were a huge hit. I use the following ways to cut down on clean-up. I use parchment paper, a rolling pin, a pizza cutter and a 3x5 index card. Wrap a piece of parchment paper around the log. Roll flat with the rolling pin. A 3x5 index card makes a nice tool for measuring width. Sprinkle almonds onto dough, press down into dough with parchemnt paper. Bake on parchement paper and voila! no clean-up. TEN minutes after removing from oven, use pizza cutter to cut strips into diagonals. Use a good quality ziplock bag to ice cookies. Put icing in bag, press out air, close and cut a TEENY hole in one corner. Again, no clean-up!  -  18 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These were so easy, and SO good. They were a hit at my brother's birthday party and disappeared pretty quickly. I used 3/4 cup of Trader Joe's Almond Meal in place of 3/4 cup the flour to give it more of an almond flavor. I also doubled the amount of almond extract in the cookies and in the icing. Mmmm almondy!  -  05 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)