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

GLAZE
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.

GLAZE:
Mix ingredients until thin enough to drizzle.