Saturday, December 26, 2009

Snowballs and Sweethearts

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I really wanted to post these Christmas cookie recipes earlier, but with the mayhem of the holidays, these festive treats will have to serve as belated gifts :)

Snowball Cookies

2 cups flour
1 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans
powdered sugar

1. Cream soften butter and granulated sugar. Add in almond extract.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Slowly mix into butter mixture.
3. Add in pecans and mix well.
4. Roll into 1" balls and bake at 350* for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden.
5. When cool, roll in powdered sugar.

Sweetheart Cookies:

1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup strawberry jam

1. Cream butter and sugar. Add in vanilla. Slowly add the flour and mix until well blended.
2. Roll out dough 1/8" thick on a well floured surface. Cut out heart shapes with cookie cutter.
3. With a smaller heart cutter, cut out smaller hearts on half of the cookies.
4. Bake on parchment paper at 300 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are very lightly golden.
5. When cool, spread jam on the whole cookies. Place cut out cookies on top to form a sandwich.

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