I was scared these cookies wouldn't turn out. I only had half the butter required, so I subbed in olive oil (no canola oil. eep), left out half a cup of flour, and added in just a dash of milk when it seemed the dough was too crumbly..... kinda scary for what should have been a basic sugar cookie recipe.
But they're absolutely fantastic. More appropriate companions to a hot cup of tea than milk.
Five-Spice Almond Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup oil
1 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tsp five-spice powder
1 handful roasted almonds, processed until crumbs
Combine dry ingredients and sift together. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg. Add vanilla. Add dry ingredients and process until well combined. Freeze dough for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375. Slice dough into 1/4" sections and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes or until done. Cool completely on wire rack.