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Almond Spritz Cookies

Almond Spritz Cookies

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  • Yield: 96 cookies
  • Prep 15 mins
  • Bake 8 mins to 10 mins

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Almond paste makes these tender cookies so delicious. Leave the dough plain or tint it with red or green food coloring for a holiday look.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond paste* (about 1/3 of an 8-ounce can), crumbled
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Small multi-colored decorative candies and/or colored sugar (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter, shortening, sugar, and almond paste with electric mixer on low speed until well combined. Add egg whites, vanilla, and salt; beat until fluffy. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with a spoon.
  2. Drop dough by small spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly. (Or, force unchilled dough through cookie press onto an ungreased cookie sheet.) Sprinkle with some colored decorative candies and/or sugar, if you like.
  3. Bake cookies in a 350 degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm, but not brown. Remove cookies and cool on a wire rack. Makes about 96 cookies.

Note

  • * For best results, use an almond paste made without syrup or liquid glucose.

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