1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
Heat oven to 375°. Stir sugar, margarine, shortening, almond extract and eggs in
large bowl until well mixed. Stir in flour and almonds.
Shape dough into 1-1/4-inch balls. Roll each ball into rope, 6 inches long. Form
each rope into circle, crossing ends and tucking under. Place on ungreased
Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until set but not brown. remove from cookie sheet. Cool
completely. Spread with Glaze, and decorate as desired. About 6 dozen cookies.
Glaze: Stir together 3 cups powdered sugar, 4 to 5 tablespoons milk and, if
desired, food color until thin enough to drizzle.