Sift flour, salt and baking soda together. In a separate bowl cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and almond extract. Beat in flour mixture a little at a time. Stir after each addition.
Add almonds and stir until all are mixed through the dough. Chill in the refrigerator. Roll the dough into balls about the size of walnuts or smaller. Flatten the ball and put onto a cookie sheet. Brush cookies lightly with egg white and place a whole almond in the center. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes.Servings: