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Mama Cialfi's Almond Cookies

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Yield About 30 Minutes

  • 1 pound almond paste
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Amaretto (or liqueur of choice)
  • About 30 whole almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In the bowl of a food processor, combine almond paste and sugar, blending well. Add egg whites, lemon zest and Tia Maria, and process until combined.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls (you should get about 30). Space them 2 inches apart on a baking sheet, and press them slightly flat. Insert a single whole almond into the middle of each cookie . Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes about 30 cookies.