3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
8 oz almond paste
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup finely chopped almonds
1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, almond paste, and sugar until very smooth. Beat in eggs and almond extract until well blended, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
2. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir or beat into butter mixture until well blended.
3. Place almonds in a shallow dish. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in almonds to coat. Place balls 1 inch apart on buttered or cooking parchment-lined baking sheets. With a lightly floured fork, flatten balls into 1 1/4-inch rounds.
4. Bake cookies in a 350° oven until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking. With a wide spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool.