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Spiced Butter Cookies

 Spiced Butter Cookies
Santa won't leave any crumbs on the plate when you leave out these wonderful cookies. My mother passed down this recipe for these rich, buttery crisp cookies to me.—Carol Goss, Four Oaks, North Carolina
78 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup chopped almonds

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in vanilla. Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt,
  • cardamom, cinnamon, pepper and cloves; gradually add to the creamed
  • mixture alternately with cream. Stir in almonds. Wrap in plastic
  • wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Shape into 3/4-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking
  • sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to
  • brown. Cool for 3 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  • Store in an airtight container. Yield: 6-1/2 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 51 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 41 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.