Oma's Almond Cookies

Course : Cookies
Serves: 12
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2 cups butter -- softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 medium lemon -- grated rind and juice
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 dash salt
1/2 pound unblanched almonds -- finely ground or grated
4 dashes colored sugars for garnish

Preparation / Directions:

Preparation time: 30 minutes Chilling time: 8 hours or overnight Cooking time: 10 minutes 1. Cream butter and sugar in large mixer bowl of electric mixer. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in lemon rind and juice. Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Stir flour mixture and ground almonds into butter mixture to make a soft dough. Divide dough into quarters. Refrigerate dough, wrapped in wax paper, until firm, at least 8 hours or overnight. 2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have ungreased baking sheets ready. 3. Roll out one dough portion on lightly floured pastry cloth with a rolling pin covered with stocking or roll between sheets of lightly floured wax paper to 1/8 -inch thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters. Return dough to refrigerator if it gets too soft. Transfer to baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between each cookie. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. 4. Bake until very light brown at edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Store in a covered tin. This second-place winner, from Judy M. Drux of Dyer, Indiana, makes very thin, crisp, delicate cookies. The dough keeps well in the refrigerator if well-wrapped. This cookie was a tribute to her husband's grandmother, Antonia Drux, who emigrated to this country from Germany in 1923. (Oma means "grandma" in German.) The recipe has been passed down as just a list of ingredients. Drux added a few hints to help make baking them easier for future cook


Nutritional Information:

56 Calories (kcal); 3g Total Fat; (49% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 11mg Cholesterol; 46mg Sodium

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