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Christmas Almond Cookies

Or in this addition, bringing me some Christmas cheer in the hospital cookies just look at my little guy’s face as he brings me my very own plate of cookies he and his sister decorated just for me. I had one of our favorite family traditions planned for this week with the kids and my sister; we were all getting together to make Christmas almond cookies, but this baby I’m growing had an agenda of his own and I landed in the hospital. Upon hearing the news my mom jumped in her car and drove 12 hours from Oregon to be here. The day she arrived she made cookies with the kids and surprised me in the hospital with a plate. There was nothing better at that moment than having my mom and my entire family there with me and enjoying our family tradition of chowing down on as many almond cookies as our stomachs would allow (I ate four!). All of a sudden my room became very popular as news spread of the ‘best cookies ever’ and nurses came flooding in. Good thing the kids made a double batch! Keep reading for the irresistible recipe…

Christmas Almond Cookies

1 1/2 cups or 3 sticks of room temperature butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups of almond meal (you can make your own by finely chopping whole almonds in a food processor)

4 cups flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium for about 2 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla, almond meal and flour and mix well. Dough will seem dry, but it’s just perfect. Roll into walnut-sized balls and flatten in the palm of your hand. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges JUST start to get color. Remove and let sit for 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Makes about 40 cookies. While they cool, make the frosting…

Frosting

1 lb box powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

3 tablespoons milk

6 tablespoons room temperature butter in chunks

Cream the butter and sugar in a the bowl of an electric mixer on medium for 2 minutes, add the vanilla and milk. If you want the frosting to have color, use a bit less milk and add the coloring. Beat until creamy. Get your sprinkles or sugars or whatever you choose to decorate your cookies ready. Frost one cookie, then add your decoration as the frosting will dry and the sprinkles won’t stick later.

 

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