This is the original Spanish version of the crumbly delicious cookie called Polvorones. It is very popular during the Christmas season in Spain. My mother-in-law, gave me this recipe. Her mother was from Spain and this was a traditional cookie baked for the holidays when she was growing up. I have no picture to post of these cookies but will be baking them for the holidays so I will post once I have baked them. Enjoy
Cut shortening into the granulated and powdered sugars in a large mixing bowl. Add the ground almonds, almond extract and cinnamon and mix well. Next mix in flour one cup at a time. Mixture will be crumbly and dry. You may want to use your hands as I do to mix together. As you add the last cup of flour your mixture will be very crumbly. Just mix all the ingredients very well.
Next beat the egg yolk and add to the mixture mix into the dough as well as possible. Refrigerate the dough for at least two or more hours.
After two hours or more divide the dough into four portions. Using a portion of the dough at a time, roll or form a rope 1 - 1 1/2 inches wide. Lay the rope on a cutting board and flatten the rope slightly. Slice the rope diagonally to make diamond -shaped cookies.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees 20 minutes before baking. Lay cookies on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow them to cool on the cookies sheet for 5-10 minutes. They are very crumbly, So once cooled slightly, very carefully remove them using a spatula. Cookies are delicious and will melt in your mouth. Enjoy.
I will be baking these for the holidays and will post my picture when I bake them.