In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, almond paste, and sugar until very smooth. Beat in eggs and almond extract until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir or beat into butter mixture until well blended.
Place almonds in a shallow dish. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in almonds to coat. Place balls 1 inch apart on buttered or cooking parchment-lined baking sheets. With a lightly floured fork, flatten balls into 1 1/4-inch rounds.
Bake cookies in a 350° oven until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking. With a wide spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool.
This is a very good butter cookie with a nice almond flavor. These cookies would be terrific with a cup of tea or coffee. Very easy to make which is a plus!! It did not take me 1.75 hours, nor did I yield 80 cookies... I ended up with a little more than 4 dozen.
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