We are halfway through our weekly series 12 Cookies of Christmas. Today, my girls were too busy playing with their boat made of chairs and blankets, so I was lonely in my kitchen when I was baking these yummy almond cookies.
Finska Kakor (Finnish Cakes)
“Nut-studded butter strips from Finland.”
Mix together thoroughly: 3/4 cup soft butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp. almond extract
Stir in: 2 cups sifted GOLD MEDAL Flour
Mix thoroughly with hands. Chill dough. Roll out 1/4″ thick. Cut into strips 2 1/2″ long and 3/4″ wide. Brush tops lightly with one egg white, slightly beaten. Sprinkle with mixture of tbsp. sugar and 1/3 cup finely chopped blanched almonds. Carefully transfer (several strips at a time) to an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degree F just until cookies begin to turn a very delicate golden brown for 17 to 20 minutes.
My five-year old really loved these cookies, and so did I. Although, my mother never baked this particular recipe, these crunchy almond strips took me back to my childhood. Our Norwegian neighbor baked cookies that had the same wonderful taste and smell.
So far, here are our taste testing results:
First Place: Chocolate Chip Bars
Second Place: Russian Tea Cakes
Third Place: Finska Kakor
Fourth Place: Pumpkin Cut-Outs
Fifth Place: Gingerbread Men
Sixth Place: Scotch Shortbreads, but a favorite with the over 10 crowd. Great with coffee!