Almond Strips

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1-3/4 cups flour

2 tsps baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp almond extract

milk

1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds

Stir dry ingredients together.  Cream butter and sugar and then add the egg and extract.  Add the dry ingredients.  Divide the dough into 4 pieces and roll each piece into a log approximately 12″ long.  Place on a parchment lined sheet.  Pat each log down until it is about 3″ wide.  Brush with some milk and top with some almonds.  Press the nuts down into the dough.

Bake at 325 degrees for 12 -15 minutes.

Remove cookies and let cool completely.

When cool, mix 1 cup confectioners sugar, 1/8 tsp almond extract and about 3-4 tbsps milk to make a drizzly icing.  Drizzle over logs.  Let set completely and then cut into strips at a diagonal.

Store in airtight container at room temp for about 3 days or freeze, well sealed, for up to 3 months.

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Puffed Almond Coffee Cake

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1 cup flour
2 tbsps water

Cut the butter into the flour using a pastry blender or a fork. Add the water and using a fork, mix until it forms a dough. Remove, cut in half. Put each half onto an ungreased cookie sheet and flatten with your until it is approximately 12″ x 3″

1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup flour
3 eggs

In a saucepan, heat the butter and the water to boiling. Remove from heat, stir in almond extract and then add the flour. Using a wooden spoon, quickly blend the mixture. Put it back on the stove and keep stirring for about 30 seconds or until it comes into a ball and does not leave a film in the pan. Remove. Add eggs one at a time using a mixture until well blended.

Spread one half mixture on top of each bottom. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour until crisp and brown.

Glaze:

Mix 1-1/2 cups confectioners sugar with a 1/2 tsp almond extract. Add about 1-2 tbsps milk. Blend well. If too thick, add drops of milk until it is of drizzling consistency.

Drizzle glaze over cakes and top with slivered almonds.

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