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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


2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 teaspoon almond extract

2 to 3 tablespoons warm water


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.

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