GEORGIA: Munch your way across the USA. Patsy Puryear, the state of Georgia is now represented. This recipe is from "Capitol Cookies" with recipes from every state and Washington, DC. This recipe was submitted by St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta, O.R Social Committee, Kay Payne, chairperson.
I have personally made these cookies myself and they are very good. But, Patsy, if you make them, let us know if they meet your expectations, too.
Preheat oven to 325. Lithtly spray cookie sheets with cooking spray and set aside.
Combine well the flour, baking soda, salt and sugar. Cut in the butter crisco (or regular shortening) until mixture resembles corn meal.
Mix remaining ingredients into flour mixture well. Shape dough into 1" balls. Place 2" apart on cookie sheet. Place a blanched almond half into top of each cookie if desired. I did not do this but this is your choice.
Bake at 325 for 16-18 minutes. Keep in mind that ovens vary so check them at 8 minutes and go from there.
Additional Info: Sue Bundy submitted this family recipe. Given to her by her mother-in-law, Etsuko Bundy, the Almond Cookies recipe is one of Sue's favorites in the Vital Vittles...Surgical Sweets cookbook. "They're always a hit at home and with my friends. I often take them to parties because everyone loves them," Sue said.