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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Almond Butter Cutouts

In case you can't recognize the shapes, that is a cat and a train above.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup ground almonds
Colored sugar and frosting, optional
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolks and extract. Combine flour, salt and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in ground almonds. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 3/8-in. thickness. Cut with cookie cutters; place on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with sugar if desired. Bake at 375° for 10-13 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Cool on wire racks. Frost if desired. Yield: 3-4 dozen.

My frosting:
3/4 bag powdered sugar
3/4 cup softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp or more almond extract
1-3 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp butter extract (optional)
Food coloring

Mix all ingredients except milk. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time, until you have the thickness you want. Add more vanilla, almond, and butter extracts to taste.



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