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What is a recipe for Italian almond cookies?

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A recipe for Italian almond cookies calls for blanched whole almonds, sugar, egg whites, almond extract and glacéed cherries. Another good recipe uses almond paste and flour.

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To make Italian almond cookies, blend together 2 1/4 cups of blanched whole almonds and 1/3 cup of sugar until the ingredients form a fine flour or almond meal. In a bowl, beat together 2 egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon of salt until stiff peaks form, and then mix in 1/3 cup of sugar. Once the peaks turn stiff and shiny, fold in the almond meal, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract, and avoid overmixing. Form the dough into round balls, and top each one with a glacéed cherry or a blanched whole almond, and bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

To make another good recipe for Italian almond cookies, knead together 2 pounds of almond paste, 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 8 egg whites, 2 cups of white sugar and 2 cups of confectioners' sugar. Roll balls of dough in sliced almonds, and place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool partly on the cookie sheets before transferring them to a wire rack.

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