250g (8oz) butter - softened
250g (8oz) caster sugar
340g (12oz) plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp almond extract – an extra ½ tsp if you want a stronger almond flavour
15 skinned almonds – split into halves
Grease 2- 3 baking sheets and heat the oven to 180C
Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl.
Add the sugar and beat well.
Add the egg and the almond extract and beat.
Next add the flour in thirds and mix well.
The mixture will form a soft dough. Scrape the bowl and form the dough into a ball
Divide the dough into balls the size of a walnut. You might need to lightly dust your hands before handling the dough.
Flatten each dough ball with the palm of the hand and place on the baking trays, leaving space between them to spread.
Press a half almond in the centre of the dough.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes until golden.
Allow to cool on a wire tray before removing to an airtight container.