These simple little butter cookies are shaped and topped with almonds before baking. This is a very easy cookie to prepare and bake, and they have a wonderful buttery vanilla flavor.
They are very much like buttery shortbread in flavor and texture.
- Heat the oven to 300° F.
- Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and blend well.
- Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir the sifted dry ingredients into the creamed butter mixture; mixing until well blended.
- Shape dough into small balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place them on ungreased cookie sheets. Gently press an almond half or whole almond into the top of each ball.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until just lightly browned on bottoms.