Recipe by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
These are my hubby's favorite Christmas cookies. His Great Aunt Gin used to make them for him every year and it just isn't Christmas without them. She always made green Christmas Trees and pink Wreaths because those were her two favorite colors. Since they use all shortening they are a very crisp cookie. The recipe is originally from the cookbook that came with the Mirro cookie press. (If you prefer a butter cookie, I recommend Wilton Butter Press Cookies)
Top Review by Honey Bee T
Let me preface this by saying that I am giving this 5 stars because of it's performance......I would prefer a butterier taste (is that even a word?) :) Last year we tried an old family recipe, and we couldn't get the dough to NOT stick to the press, so the images were all mushed and funky. We SWORE never to try again. Well, I tried this recipe and it made the most perfect, well-formed shapes and it tastes delicious to boot!!
- 1 cup shortening
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 1⁄4 cups sifted flour
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- food coloring
Directions See How It's Made
- Cream shortening, adding sugar in gradually.
- Add unbeaten egg, sifted dry ingredients, flavoring and a few drops of food coloring. Mix well.
- Fill cookie press. Form cookies on ungreased cookie sheets using the tree plate. Decorate with tiny multi-colored sprinkles.
- Bake at 400°F for 6-8 minutes. Cool just slightly and remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. (If you wait too long, they will break when you try to move them.).