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Almond Sugar Cookies

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

about 4-1/2 dozen

It's a tradition in our house to start baking Christmas cookies early in the season so we can try some new recipes each year. These nutty, melt-in-your-mouth treats are one of our favorites. —Lisa Hummell, Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Additional sugar
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons water
  • Green food coloring, optional
  • Sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in almond extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Roll into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Coat bottom of a glass with cooking spray; dip it in sugar. Flatten cookies with prepared glass, dipping glass in sugar again as needed.
  3. Bake until edges are lightly browned, 7-9 minutes. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, almond extract and enough water to achieve glaze consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired; drizzle over cookies. Sprinkle with almonds.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 67 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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