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Christmas Tree Cookies

This was a recipe that originally came from a magazine in the early 1980’s, but please don’t ask which one. We have made this recipe many times over the years, and it’s one that the kiddies have always liked giving a hand with.

CHRISTMAS TREE COOKIES

What you will need:

1 1/4 cups Crisco shortening

2/3 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1 3/4 cups ground almonds

2 tsp cinnamon

1.5 tsp almond extract

1/4 cup water

1 cup raspberry or strawberry jam

Icing sugar, for dusting cookies

Decorations of your choice – sprinkles, fancy sugars, icing, etc.

Cream Crisco and sugar togther well. Add flour, ground almonds, cinnamon and almond extract and mix well. Gradually add your water until a firm ball forms. Wrap this up well and refrigerate at least an hour to make it easier to roll out.

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease baking sheets.

Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness, on a lightly floured counter. Cut out all the dough with tree shaped cookie cutters. Place on baking sheets and bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks.

Spread half the cookies with a thin layer of jam and top with remaining cookies. Dust all lightly with icing sugar and decorate as you wish. We use icing and pipe little decorations and garlands on the trees. I have also used green and red colored sugars and they look lovely like that, too.

Enjoy!

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