These are one of the several cookie recipes I will make again from Sharon Tyler Herbst’s The Joy of Cookies. A triple threat for someone allergic to tree-nuts, these cookies are packed with ground almonds, flavored with almond extract, and sprinkled with sliced almonds. They also have just enough vanilla and lemon zest to make for a really interesting medley of flavor. A soft cookie with crisp edges, their texture is pleasing too,
Ms. Tyler tells us this recipe comes from Bolivia. Alfajores are a Latin American and Spanish treat, and the word probably has Arabic roots, as does the delicacy which is baked in various forms almost wherever Spanish is the predominant language. The almendras bit is where the almonds come in.
I was just reminded that I volunteered to provide three dozen cookies at an event on Tuesday. I think I have more baking to do before then as I am not planning to share these!