"We were served these cookies for afternoon tea at a lovely inn in Cape May. I believe it was the Mainstay Inn."

For cake

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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For topping

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1 tablespoon flour

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon almond extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine eggs and 1 cup sugar and beat well with an electric mixer. Add melted butter, 1 cup flour and vanilla, and stir until combined. Pour into greased and floured 9-by-13-inch pan. Bake until pale gold, about 30 minutes.

2. While cake cooks, make topping: In a saucepan combine all topping ingredients. Cook over low heat, stirring, until thick, about 10 minutes.

3. When cake comes out of the oven, turn on the broiler. Spread topping over cake, then slip cake into broiler, about 4 inches from heat, until topping is brown and bubbly, 3 to 4 minutes. Cool, then slice. Makes 24 to 36 cookies.