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Almond Spritz cookies

 Almond Spritz cookies
"These almond-flavored cookies are great for holiday bake sales," pens Tanya Hart of Muncie, Indiana. "They can be left plain or decorated with colored sugar and frosting."
42 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Green and red colored sugar, chopped candied cherries and red frosting, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars and fluffy. Beat in egg and
  • extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to
  • the creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Using a cookie press fitted with the disk of your choice, press dough
  • 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored
  • sugar if desired.
  • Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until edges just begin to brown.
  • Immediately add cherries if desired, lightly pressing onto cookies.
  • Cool on wire racks. Decorate with frosting if desired. Yield:
  • about 7 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 87 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.