Post Thanksgiving Almond Cookies

Thanksgiving is over. Boo hoo! Our Thanksgiving was eventful, to say the least. First of all, Snoqualmie Pass was treacherous and involved a lot of me “white knuckling” the car door and making whiny scared noises. Luckily, my boyfriend is a brave man and drove the whole way and calmly told me to keep it together and everything would be fine. When we finally got over the pass we high tailed it straight to the ferry. We always have such good ferry luck! We never ever check the ferry times before we leave, but we always end up getting there right when they’re loading the cars on and barely have to wait 10 minutes. We got out of the car, went upstairs to find ourselves a sitting spot on the ferry’s lovely vinyl benches that I love so much. We discussed how horrible the pass was, how awesome it was that we didn’t get in a car accident, and how we have perfect ferry timing. We then descended back down to our car, put on some Marvin Gaye, and car danced our way off the ferry. Which Marvin song were we listening to, you may ask? ONLY THE BEST DANCE SONG EVER MADE! I love this song…

We thought the scary driving part of our drive was over, and boy were we wrong. The minute we got off the ferry we noticed it was eerily dark. We then noticed that the traffic lights weren’t working. They weren’t even flashing yellow “yield” lights, like a normal broken traffic light. Oh no, there was NO POWER on Bainbridge Island at all. They apparently had a “bad” winter storm the night before. Now “bad” on the west side of the cascades means roughly 2 inches of snow. Oh and some wind. I’m not saying they’re pussies…..okay yeah, I’m saying they’re pussies. Get it together west side. Not only was there no power any where to be found, but people were driving like they had a pregnant lady in the car that they were rushing to the hospital. Consequently, these people ended up in a ditch. You deserve to be in a ditch person-that-can’t-drive-in-snow. Slow it down.

Finally, we arrived to our destination; Jon’s parent’s house. They also had no power. They hadn’t had power for over 24 hours (!). It was freezing cold, but luckily they had a fireplace, lanterns, a wind-up radio and plenty of blankets. We all huddled up in a corner next to the fireplace, listened to the radio and proceeded to entertain ourselves with lots of wine and shadow puppets. We also attempted to play a game of LIFE, which turns out to be the most confusing game on Earth and gave up shortly after breaking it out. Here’s proof that we were huddled into one corner of the house. (this picture doesn’t really do this story justice, the flash ruined showing how dark it really was in there).

We did have a really fun Thanksgiving break though. We had a huge feast and all fell into a deep food coma after eating copious amounts of turkey and stuffing. We also got to go visit my college roomie, Kayce, for a night which was really fun.

Okay, on to the recipe of the day! Almond cookies. My inspiration for making this came Thanksgiving day. After dinner we all sat in the living room and watched Kung Fu Panda. There is a part in the movie where the Panda (the KUNG FU panda) gets high up on a shelf to steal some almond cookies, and Jon’s dad exclaimed that he loves almond cookies. I had never had one before so I did a little research and came up with this. Here’s what you’ll need:

2 3/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp table salt
1 cup lard (because lard is JUST what you need after Thanksgiving)
2 eggs
2 1/2 tsp almond extract
2 dozen whole almonds

First, sift together all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl. Dump in your cup of lard.

Could the word LARD be any more disgusting? Ugh, just say it out loud. Lard. And could they make this container look any older? It looks like I’ve had this in my pantry since 1986. That makes it seem even more gross.

Now, cut your LARD into your dry ingredients with a couple of forks until it resembles corn meal.

Close up of what the “corn meal lard concoction” should look like.

Now, add your eggs and almond extract. Stir to combine.

This dough is going to be fairly dry and crumbly. That’s okay, it’s actually what you want. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and roll your dough into 1 inch balls. Place them on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart from each other.

Press a whole almond into the top of your dough balls and shape the cookie into a circle. The dough is dry so it might crack a little, but just form it back together.


Bake for 15-18 minutes. Make sure you eat one while it’s still warm. You’ll be happy you did.

You could make a few batches of these and give them away as Christmas presents, they’re really that good.

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