Orange zest adds just a hint of citrus to these delectable holiday cookies.
1 cup blanched almonds, lightly toasted
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp orange zest, grated
1 tsp orange juice
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup confectioners' sugar
Step 1: In a food processor, combine the almonds and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Process until fine and set aside.
Step 2: With an electric mixer on a medium low setting, cream the remaining sugar and butter until light and fluffy for about 2-3 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour, salt, orange zest, orange juice, extracts and almond mixture until blended. Divide dough into two halves; wrap each half in plastic wrap or waxed paper and chill for 1 hour.
Step 3: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Remove one of the halves from the refrigerator and break off tbsp-sized pieces. Shape into 2" crescent shapes and place on an ungreased baking sheet 1" apart. Remove second half of dough from the refrigerator and repeat process. Bake cookies until edges are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack placed over wax paper. Dust with confectioners' sugar while cookies are still warm; cool completely before storing.
Makes 6 dozen cookies