Canton Almond Cookies

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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening (at room temperature)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup almonds, blanched


  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Add shortening; cut in until mixture resembles cornmeal.
  2. Add egg, vanilla extract and almond extract. Mix until egg is absorbed and mixture is smooth. Shape into 3/4-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Flatten each cookie with a flour-dipped fork; press an almond into the center.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until a pale golden brown.
  4. Remove from baking sheet; cool on rack.