Note: By wrapping a roll of dough in waxed paper and chilling it, you can slice and bake only as many cookies as you will eat in a few days.
- 8 Tbsp. butter , room temperature
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar , plus more for garnish (optional)
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , plus more for dusting
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
When ready to bake a batch, preheat oven to 400°. Cut 1/4-inch-thick slices of dough to make as many cookies as you'd like to eat. Arrange rounds with an inch of space between them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Bake 8 minutes or until cookies are golden brown around the edges. Transfer to wire racks to cool, and garnish with extra sugar (if using).
Adapted from The Pleasures of Cooking for One, by Judith Jones, copyright © 2009, with permission from the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.