Almond Christmas Tree and Nutmeg Cookies

megancarpentierscookiesby Megan Carpentier

Almond Christmas Trees
(full disclosure: I always double the recipe)
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp almond extract (don’t use the imitation!!)
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups of flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
Green food coloring

Preheat over to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and almond extract, add salt and baking flour. Add enough green food coloring that it’s about twice as green as you want the end result (color is an art, not a science). Blend in flour. Press through cookie press and, if you are as anal as I am, press a yellow, white or orange star-shaped sprinkle at the top and “decorate” the tree with ball-shaped sprinkles (this is not for the easily frustrated). Bake 10-12 minutes (10 if you use butter, 12 if you use the pre-trans-fat margarines, otherwise, you’re on your own) on an ungreased cookie sheet and remove immediately to cooling racks.

Nutmeg Cookies

(also, I always double)
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat over to 375 degrees. Cream shortening and sugar. (Take 30 seconds to curse the food police that eliminated trans fats for our health). Add eggs, cream (I have been known to substitute half and half, skim milk and evaporated milk — the best call — for this) and vanilla. Add baking powder, salt and nutmeg (for best results, turn on some hip hop and fresh grate the nutmeg to the beat, or only use ground nutmeg that you have opened very, very recently). Add flour. Press cookies through the press, and bake cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet with decor of choice for 8-10 minutes (8 in the post-trans-fat age is my experience, but feel free to curse the food police again). I like red/green sugar. When they’re done, remove to a cooling rack.

It’s probably worth mentioning that cookie presses are not uncommon at salvation army stores, goodwill stores and garage sales. And they rock. Mine’s at least as old as I am.

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4 responses to “Almond Christmas Tree and Nutmeg Cookies

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