Nutty Almond Trees
48
cookies
1 hr 30 min
PREP TIME
03 hrs 20 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

Cookie

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

Frosting

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter softened

1 teaspoon almond extract

2 to 3 tablespoons warm water

Toppings

1 (5-ounce) can mixed nut topping  

Decorator sugars, if desired

 

 *Substitute 1 cup finely chopped toasted mixed nuts such as almonds, peanuts, cashews etc.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine 1 cup butter and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and 1 teaspoon almond extract; continue beating until well mixed. Add all remaining cookie ingredients. Beat at low speed until well mixed.

  2. STEP 2

    Divide dough in half; flatten slightly. Wrap each half in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Roll out dough, one-half at a time on lightly floured surface (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch tree cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  5. STEP 5

    Bake 6-7 minutes or just until edges begin to lightly brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  6. STEP 6

    Combine powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon almond extract in small bowl. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Continue beating, adding enough water for desired glazing consistency. Frost 1 cookie at a time; immediately sprinkle each with nut topping and decorator sugars, if desired.

Tip #1

- Mixed nut topping is available in cans in the ice cream topping section of the supermarket.

Tip #2

- These cookies bake very quickly and have a brown appearance due to the cinnamon. Be careful not to over bake. Check cookies at minimum baking time.

Nutrition

110Calories
6Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
80Sodium (mg)
14Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
8Protein (g)

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  December 27, 2008

one of the best cut-out cookie recipes there is, hands down.

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