Chocolate-Almond Bites

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup toasted almonds, finely chopped
sifted confectioners sugar
This shortbread variation is delicious with coffee.

Makes 48 to 60 bites.
Preparation time: 20 minutes.
Cooking time: between 20 and 25 minutes.

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350?F. Grease a baking sheet.

Step 2:
Onto a sheet of wax paper, sift the flour with the cocoa. In a large
bowl, with an electric mixer on high, beat the butter, sugar,
vanilla, and salt until pale and creamy. Beat in the flour mixture,

then the almonds.

Step 3:
Shape heaped teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and arrange on baking
sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until firm. Cool briefly on the
sheet before removing to a rack.

Step 4:
While still slightly warm, dredge the biscuits with confectioner's
sugar. Store in an airtight container. They will keep for 5 days.