Almond-Orange Shortbread

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Keep the dough for this delicate, flavorful cookie in your freezer. Later, you can slice off just what you need from the frozen log of dough and bake.

Prep time: 15 Minutes

Total time: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes

Yield: Makes 40

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter unsalted, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • Grated zest of 1 orange (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Make the dough: In a mixer bowl, beat butter, sugar, almond extract, and salt until smooth. With mixer on low speed, add flour and orange zest; mix just until a dough forms.With a wooden spoon, rubber spatula, or your hands, gently mix in almonds.
  2. Freeze the dough: On a piece of waxed paper, form dough into a rectangular log, 12 inches long, 2 1/2 inches wide, and 1 inch thick.Wrap log in the paper, and freeze until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 3 months. If freezing longer than 1 day, wrap log again, in plastic wrap.
  3. Bake the shortbread: Preheat oven to 325°. Remove dough from freezer. (If dough has been in freezer a long time and is frozen solid, let it sit at room temperature 30 minutes so it slices without crumbling.)
  4. With a sharp knife, cut dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased baking sheet at least 1 inch apart. Bake until edges just begin to turn golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheet; transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.
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