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from "Rosa's New Mexican Table" by Roberto Santibanez

This recipe makes a lot of cookies, but if you divide the dough into logs, it keeps frozen for a long time. I suggest you always keep a log in the freezer. Slice and bake as many as you need at a time.

Makes about 160 thin cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon finely ground Mexican cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 3/4 cups raw (not toasted) slivered almonds
Confectioners' sugar for dusting (optional)

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Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder together into a bowl and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the butter and two sugars together until fluffy. Add the egg and egg yolk and beat thoroughly. Beat in the vanilla extract and salt. Add the dry ingredients and almonds and mix at low speed just until thoroughly combined.
Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Roll each one into a log aobut 10 inches long. Wrap each log individually with at least two layers of plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours. The dough can be frozen for up to two months.
With the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, preheat the oven to 350°.
Bake as many or as few cookies at a time as you like: Cut the log(s) of dough into scant 1/4-inch slices, and put the cookies on ungreased baking sheets with at least 1 inch between them. Bake until lightly golden brown around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes.
Cool the cookies on the pans for 5 minutes; then, using a spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. (If you wait longer than 5 minutes, the cookies will be too delicate to remove from the baking sheets without breaking them.) The cooled cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.

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  Land O'Lakes Unsalted Butter - $5.99/ea
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  Domino Light Brown Sugar - $1.89/ea
  Just FreshDirect Blanched Almond Slivers - $11.99/ea
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  Domino Granulated White Sugar - $2.79/ea
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  Spice Select Pure Vanilla Extract - $4.79/ea
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  Morton Regular Salt - $1.19/ea
  Domino Powdered Confectioners Sugar - $1.79/ea
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