2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

   2 tsp baking powder

   1/2 cup margarine or butter

   1 cup granulated sugar

   1 egg

   1 tsp almond essence

   blanched almonds for decoration

   beaten egg for glazing


 1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Cream the margarine

(or butter) and sugar together until light, white and fluffy. Beat in the egg

and almond essence. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients to make a stiff


 2. Form the mixture into balls about 1 – 1.5 inch diameter and place these

on a greased baking tray. Place half an almond (split lengthways) on

each ball and press to flatten slightly. Brush with beaten egg.

 3. Bake in a moderate oven (350 deg F / 180 deg C) for 20 minutes or

until golden. Cool on a wire rack. This quantity makes about 45