This is my absolute favorite Christmas cookie. When I asked my mom for the recipe, she reluctantly agreed to give it to me – and once I whipped up my first batch, I knew why. It literally takes about 5 minutes to mix everything together and press the batter into a pan for baking. These are fabulous cookies from start to finish in less than 30 minutes!
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, separated
1 tsp almond extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add extract and yolk and mix just until incorporated. Slowly add flour. Press into an ungreased 10×15″ jelly roll pan. Spread to edges.
Beat egg white until foamy and brush over top of dough. Sprinkle with almonds and cinnamon sugar mixture.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Let bars sit for 5 minutes then cut straight rows down the long way of the pan. Then cut diagonals down the short side of the pan to form diamonds.