These cookies are traditional and have a red dot in the center which some have told me is a trait unique to Hawaii that is used for decoration and symbolizes good luck. They are decadent from the use of butter and that they have a wonderfully addicting almond flavour. You really cannot eat just one.

•  3 cups all-purpose flour
•  1/2 teaspoon salt
•  1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•  1/2 cup butter
•  1 cup vegetable oil
•  1 ½ cups granulated sugar
•  1 egg
•  1 tablespoons almond extract
•  Red food colouring liquid


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, Line baking sheets with parchment paper and put them to the side.

2. Sift the flour, salt and baking soda into a medium bowl, Mix butter, oil, sugar, egg, and almond extract in a medium bowl until all ingredients are combined (hand mixing works well), add in all the dry ingredients until it forms a dough.

3. Using a cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, roll the dough into balls. Place them on baking sheets about 1 ½ inches apart.

4. Indent the center of the cookie using the back of a chopstick that has been dipped into a red food colouring. Press down about 1/3 the thickness of the cookie.
    *Hint: You can also use a slice of almond instead of the red food colouring if you desire.

5. Bake for 12-16 minutes until the cookies are just slightly golden brown around the edges. They will expand and crack a little. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Note – the cookies are best baked immediately after mixing up the dough since the mixture tends to dry out which results un cookies that are more cracked.

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