Almond Cookies

125g unsalted butter
65g granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract/ almond extract
1 medium egg, slightly beaten
125g plain flour
50g ground almonds
few flaked almonds (about 10-15g)
caster sugar, for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. Cream butter and sugar together and beat until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg very gradually, beating all the time, then beat in the vanilla extract.
4. Mix in the flour and ground almonds, either with a spoon or on slow speed in the electric mixer then, using a dessertspoon, scoop little piles of the mixture on to the tray. Press a few flaked almonds on top of each.
5. Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a little caster sugar.

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