James Carrier
Yield
Makes about 4 dozen

The recipe for these crisp almond cookies was given to Louise Pariani nearly 50 years ago by Ah Lee Wong of Chicago, who was a Navy shipmate of her husband's during World War II.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat 1 cup butter and sugar until smooth. Add whole egg and almond extract and beat until well blended. Add flour and baking powder; stir to mix, then beat until well blended.

Step 2

Shape dough into 1-inch balls, flatten each slightly, and place about 1 inch apart on buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.

Step 3

In a small bowl, beat egg yolk with milk to blend. Brush cookies lightly with egg mixture; discard any remaining. Press an almond into the center of each cookie and sprinkle with about 1/8 teaspoon sesame seeds.

Step 4

Bake cookies in a 325° regular or convection oven until lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes; if baking two sheets at once in one oven, switch their positions halfway through baking. Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then use a wide spatula to transfer to racks to cool completely.

Step 5

Nutritional analysis per cookie.

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