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Holiday Nuggets

 Holiday Nuggets
My mom and I make these delicate cookies every Christmas. Hazel nuts give a little different flavor from the usual pecans.—Beverly Launius, Sandwich, Illinois
21 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Colored crystallized sugar


  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Blend in vanilla and almond
  • extract. Gradually add flour and salt. Stir in nuts. Shape into
  • 1-1/4-in. balls; place on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly
  • with fingers.
  • Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly
  • browned. Cool on a wire rack. When cool, sprinkle with a mixture of
  • confectioners' and colored sugar. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 113 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 101 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.