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Almond Shortbread Cookies Recipe

 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) with the rack in the middle of the oven.  Have ready a 8 inch (20 cm) tart pan with removable bottom. 

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until smooth (about 2 minutes).  Beat in the vanilla extract.  In a separate bowl whisk together the flours (all purpose, almond, and rice) and salt.  Add this mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and beat just until incorporated.

Press the shortbread dough evenly into the tart pan.  Prick the surface of the shortbread with a fork to prevent the shortbread from puffing up.  Using a sharp knife, score (make shallow lines) the top of the shortbread into 12 even pieces.   Gently press the flaked almonds in a decorative pattern on the top of the shortbread.

Place in preheated oven and bake until it is nicely browned (biscuit color), about 45-55 minutes.  Transfer shortbread to rack and cool for five minutes before removing from tart pan.    Place the shortbread round on a cutting board and cut into 12 wedges (along the lines scored).  Cool completely on a wire rack.

Makes 12 shortbread wedges. 

Almond Shortbread Recipe:

1/2 cup (1 stick) (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2/3 cup (85 grams) all-purpose flour

1/3 cup (30 grams) almond flour (meal)

2 tablespoons (15 grams) rice flour or cornstarch (corn flour)

1/8 teaspoon salt

Flaked almonds for decorating the top of the shortbread (optional)