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Spiced German Cookies

These buttery spice cookies are a cross between sugar cookies and gingerbread, creating the best of both worlds. —April Drasin, Van Nuys, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon each ground cardamom, coriander, cinnamon and cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, spices and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 3-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Decorate tops with almonds, pressing to adhere.
  • Bake 9-11 minutes or until light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 78 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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