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Almond Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 3

These simple, but heavenly, almond butter cookies are traditional Puerto Rican Christmas cookies – they are as common and popular as chocolate chip cookies are in the States. They make wonderful Christmas gifts that everyone will enjoy!

Ingredients

  2 1/4 cups flour

  1/4 tsp McCormick® Nutmeg Ground

  3/4 cup butter

  1/4 cup vegetable shortening

  1/2 cup sugar

  1 1/2 tsp McCormick® Pure Almond Extract

  1 tsp McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

  5 maraschino cherries

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour and nutmeg in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter, shortening, sugar and extracts in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in flour mixture until well mixed. Dough should be slightly moist. If dough looks dry, sprinkle with water and work into dough. If dough is sticky, sprinkle with additional flour.

Spoon dough by teaspoons and shape into balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Gently flatten each ball with palm of hand. Press a cherry piece in the center of each cookie.

Bake 20 minutes or until golden. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.


Nutritional Information:

Calories 162

Total Fat 10g 

Cholesterol 21mg 

Sodium 75mg 

Total Carbohydrate 16g 

Dietary Fiber 0.00g 

Protein 2g