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Almond Shortbread Cutouts Recipe

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Almonds give these cookies a special flavor. Use your favorite cookie cutters to make different shapes, then let the kids have a hand in adding the finishing touches. Carole Vogel, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 108 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

Directions

  1. In a food processor, combine the flour, almonds, sugar and salt; cover and process until almonds are finely ground. Cut butter into cubes; add to processor. Pulse on and off until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Combine the yolk, water and almond extract. While processing, gradually add yolk mixture; process until dough forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut into desired shapes with floured cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Bake at 325° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Shortbread Cutouts in Country Woman Christmas 1996, p31


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Kimberly Hines User ID: 1929928 231840
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"My father loves shortbread so I went looking for a cutout cookie recipe. These are fantastic! I cut them with large cutters and probably too thick, so I don't get a full four dozen. Double the recipe. Stamped designs stay very well."

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lightedway User ID: 4228023 46436
Reviewed May. 15, 2011

"This shortbread cookie recipe is far beyond most shortbreads in flavor. The rich buttery taste melts in your mouth with a hint of almond. I frost these with chocolate icing."

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