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Windmill Cookies

Course Snack
Servings 48

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 1 cup silvered almonds (4 oz)

Instructions

  • Stir together baking soda and water until baking soda is dissolved.
  • Beat together butter, brown sugar, and baking soda mixture with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
  • Whisk together flour, salt, and spices, then mix into butter mixture until combined well.
  • Stir in almonds.
  • Form dough into 3 (10- by 3-inch) logs and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
  • Freeze logs until firm, about 4 hours, or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Keeping remaining logs frozen, cut 1 log crosswise into slices slightly less than 1/4 inch thick and arrange slices 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake in middle of oven until set, 12 to 14 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool.
  • Slice and bake remaining dough in same manner.