Christmas Biscuits

Makes: approx. 60
565g - 625g (1lb 4oz - 1lb 6oz) Flour
225g (8oz) Butter
170g (6oz) Sugar
2 Egg Yolks
1 Egg White, lightly beaten
4 tbsp Almonds, chopped
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Almond Extract
Pinch Salt

1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, gradually adding sugar, beat until light and fluffy.
2. Add beaten egg and almond extract..
3. Sift together flour and salt and add to the mixture.
4. This should produce a pliable dough, chill 30 minutes.
5. Divide dough into 6 equal portions. Roll out each portion in to a sausage shape, about 24" long. Divide each into 2" strips.
6. Place onto lightly greased baking trays.
7. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar and almonds.
8. Preheat oven to 190°C: 375°F: Gas 5
9. Bake for about 10 minutes or until biscuits feel firm and are lightly browned around the edges.
10. Allow to cool for a few minutes then remove to wire racks.