Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Butter Cookies

I remember my Mom making these cookies with us at Christmas. Again, the recipe may have come from Grandma. I made them with my kids & now with the grandkids. It is a requested cookie every Christmas & we've had some unusual colors over the years depending on who is helping & their favorite color. Remember the blue, red & purple Christmas trees anyone? The cookie press comes with assorted designs & we've tried them all. The Christmas tree works best.

2 1/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 c. butter*
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. almond extract**
Several drops of food coloring.

Cream butter & sugar. Add egg & mix well. Add flour, baking powder, almond flavoring & food coloring. Mix well. Fill cookie press with design of your choice and dough; form on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.

This recipe makes 4 dozen, or more, cookies & doubles easily. Great for cookie exchanges & gifts.

* I always use butter - not margarine.
** If you have someone with a nut allergy you can use vanilla but we prefer the almond flavor.

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