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Almond Orange Shortbread

Recipe Ingredients:
1 cup sliced almonds
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cold butter cut into pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon almond extract

Cooking Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350F. Spread 3/4 cup almonds in single layer in large baking pan. Bake 6 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove almonds from oven. Cool completely in pan. Reduce oven temperature to 325F.

2.  Place toasted almonds in food processor. Process using on/off pulses until almonds are coarsely chopped.

3.  Add flour, butter, sugar, cornstarch, orange peel and almond extract to food processor. Process using on/off pulses until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

4.  Press dough firmly and evenly into 10X8-3/4-inch rectangle on large ungreased cookie sheet with fingers. Score dough into 1-1/4-inch squares with knife. Press one slice of remaining almonds in center of each square. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until shortbread is firm when pressed and lightly browned.

5.  Immediately cut into squares along score lines with sharp knife. Remove cookies to wire racks; cool completely.

    Sliced Almonds Sliced Almonds
Straight from California, these almonds are thinly sliced and easy to use when baking. They're also great for topping a string bean casserole or an almond cake.

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