A deliciously different rendition of chocolate chip cookies, almonds make for a wonderful addition of texture and flavor in these cookies.
To bake these almond chocolate chip cookies, preheat oven to 350° F. Set aside two baking sheets. Break almond paste into small pieces and place in medium-size bowl or container of food processor. Add butter and beat with electric mixer or process until mixture is creamy and smooth. Add sugars, eggs and almond extract and beat or process until thoroughly blended. (If using food processor, transfer mixture to medium-size bowl) Stir flour, baking soda, and salt until mixed. Add to almond mixture and stir until blended. Stir in chocolate and slivered almonds. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets about 11/2 inches apart. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheets and cool on wire racks.