Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12 Days of Christmas Cookies - Day 5

Each year we vote on our favorite cookies and this was one of our winners! Everyone loved Missy's delicate almond cookies and I'm sure you will too.

Scandinavian Almond Bars

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 Tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 325. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and almond extract, mix until fluffy. Stir in flour and baking powder, mix well. Divide dough into 4 pieces - roll eich piece into a log 12" long. Place two rolls per cookie sheet 4-5" apart. Flatten each roll by hand until about 3" wide.

Brush flattened roll with milk and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Cut cookies crosswise at a diagonal while still warm (about 1" wide.)

When cool, drizzle with almond icing
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/4 cup milk

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