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Chocolate Almond Balls Cookie Recipe

5 cups sifted flour
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 cup baking cocoa
2 cups coarse chopped almonds
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs, slightly beaten
6 ounces evaporated milk

Sift four, measure and resift with sugar, baking powder and cocoa. Add nuts, and mix well. Cut shortening into dry ingredients with fingers until mixture resembles coarse corn meal. Make a well in center of flour and put eggs and milk into it. Knead dough until smooth, about 5 minutes. If it seems too dry, add water, 1 teaspoon at a time until mixture holds together.

Pinch off pieces of dough the size of a walnut, and roll into balls between the palms of the hands, Place balls on greased cookie sheet 1 inch apart.

Bake in moderate 350 F. oven 18-20 minutes , until toothpick inserted in center of ball comes out clean. Watch carefully, as they burn easily.

Frost as soon as they come out of oven with any desired frosting.

Makes 6 dozen. Caution: Handle these cookies very carefully, as they are quite delicate and will crumble.

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