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Almond Sugar Cookies

 Almond Sugar Cookies
It's a tradition in our house to start baking Christmas cookies early in the season and try some new recipes every year. This nutty glazed melt-in-your-mouth cookie is one of my favorites. -Lisa Hummell Phillipsburg, New Jersey
27 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in almond extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Roll into 1-in.
  • balls.
  • Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Coat bottom of a glass
  • with cooking spray; dip in sugar. Flatten cookies with prepared
  • glass, dipping glass in sugar again as needed.
  • Bake at 400° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, almond

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Almond Sugar Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • extract and enough water to achieve glaze consistency. Tint with
  • food coloring if desired; drizzle over cookies. Sprinkle with
  • almonds. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.