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1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 tablespoon milk

1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Pink, green and purple gel food colors


Sparkling decorator sugar

Assorted candies, such as licorice wheels, licorice pastels, chewy fruit-flavored jelly candies etc.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine butter and sugar in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, milk and almond extract; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and baking powder; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  2. STEP 2

    Divide dough into thirds; place each portion into separate bowl. Tint each portion with desired gel food color.

  3. STEP 3

    Shape each dough into a ball; flatten to 1/2-inch thickness. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate 2-3 hours or until firm.

  4. STEP 4

    Heat oven to 400°F.

  5. STEP 5

    Roll out dough, one-third at a time, on lightly floured surface (keeping remaining dough refrigerated) to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter.

  6. STEP 6

    Form butterflies by placing bottom tips of 2 heart cookies together, so they are touching, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Press down slightly to join cookies. Sprinkle with decorator sugar. Repeat with remaining cookies. Bake 6-8 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Decorate with remaining candies as desired. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack.

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