1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup shortening
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
Glaze, (recipe follows)
Finely chopped almonds, if desired

3 cups powdered sugar
4 TBSP. milk (4 to 5 TBSP.)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Beat sugar, butter, shortening, almond extract and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour and 1/2 cup almonds. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Roll each ball into rope, 6 inches long. Form each rope into circle, crossing ends and tucking under. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Drizzle with Glaze. Sprinkle with finely chopped almonds.

Mix ingredients until thin enough to drizzle.