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Almond Christmas Tree Cookies
2-1/2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Butter or margarine, Softened
1-1/2 Teaspoons Baking powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Almond extract
1/4 Cup Green sugar crystals, about
1/4 Cup Confetti or nonpareil candy
Put flour, sugar, butter, baking powder, salt, almond extract and egg into large
bowl of an electric mixer. Mix together, using low speed. Dough will be crumbly.
Then knead dough with hands until mixture holds together.
Remove 1/3 cup of the dough; wrap and refrigerate. Divide remaining dough in
thirds. Using hands, roll each into a 6-inch log.
Put sugar crystals on a sheet of wax paper. Roll each log in the sugar crystals
to coat well; use the wax paper as a guide to press in crystals. Shape each log
into a triangle, pressing gently on wax paper to give three sharp corners. Make
sure to make 2 sides longer than the third side. Wrap each log well and
refrigerate at least 4 hours or until dough is firm enough to slice. To this
point, cookies can be made up to a week in advance.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. To bake, slice logs crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.
Put slices about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. For each cookie, shape
about 1/2 teaspoon of the reserved 1/3 cup dough into a tree
trunk. Attach to bottom underside of each tree. Sprinkle each cookie lightly
with candy decorations, if desired. Bake until lightly browned, about 10
minutes. Carefully remove to wire racks. Cool completely.
Makes 6 doz