Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, combine the cookie dough, almond extract, and ground almonds and mix to combine. Shape the dough into 1/2-inch balls. Place the balls about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Gently press 1 whole blanched almond into the center of each ball. Transfer to the oven and bake for 13 minutes, or until golden.
Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee