Sunday, December 16, 2012

Vanilla Almond Sugar Christmas Cookies

Every year my mom and her friends have a get together before Christmas to exchange cookies, gifts, and laughs.  This "cookie exchange" is the baking highlight of my mom's year (as in, the one day she decides to set a day aside to bake dozens of cookies).  When my mom comes home with a tin full of other women's cookies, I still always reach for the ones she made.  Her "cookie exchange" recipe is unlike any cookie I've ever had, but they are absolutely delicious.  She got the recipe from an old family relative who has since passed on.  Here is the recipe to:

Vanilla Almond Sugar Christmas Cookies


2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 c. soft butter

¾ c. sugar
1 egg yolk, unbeaten
½ tsp. almond extract
½ tsp. vanilla extract

colored sugar sprinkles (optional)
colored food coloring (optional) 


In one bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, cream (with mixer) butter.  Gradually add sugar and beat until fluffy.   Then, add yolk, almond and vanilla extract, and beat until well blended.

 Gradually add flour mixture and continue to mix.  Also add in food coloring if you are using it!

This is my green dough all mixed up!

Time to whip out this bad boy.  The Cookie Pro U
ltra Pro II.  Get it from Amazon!

Use cookie press to create the shape of your choice on an ungreased baking sheet.  Add sprinkles and other decorations of your choice!

This is what we used to decorate them (the cupcake gems go on the top of the trees and the red sprinkles go on the body of the tree)

Bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes.  Keep a close eye on them in the oven because they can burn quickly!

Here are my red cookies!


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