3 c flour
1 c sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c shortening
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp almond extract
red food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift flour, sugar, soda and salt into a large bowl.
Stir in shortening and knead for 8 to 10 min.
Combine eggs and almond extract; stir into flour mixture, mix well.
Shape into balls using a tablespoon of dough for each cookie.
Place onto an ungreased baking sheet and make a depression in the middle of each cookie. If you don't wish to use red dye you may garnish with a piece of blanched almond.
Use a chopstick to place a drop of red food coloring in the middle of each cookie
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes