Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
These simple cookies will melt in your mouth and will look pretty too. This is one of my mom's favorite Christmas cookie recipes that I found in her Baking is Fun! cookbook from 1948 (the cookbook has a $.25 price on it). The book calls these "Holiday Nuggets" which doesn't sound too appetizing to me, so I have renamed them. I hope you love them as much as I do!
- 2 1⁄2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup shortening
- 1⁄4 cup butter (softened)
- 1⁄2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts
- Cream the shortening, butter and sugar together.
- Blend in the vanilla, almond extract and nuts.
- Sift together flour and salt, adding it to wet ingredients and mixing until dough is smooth and well blended.
- Shape into small balls (1 tbsp of dough for each).
- Place balls on ungreased baking sheet and flatten bottoms just enough so they won't roll.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
- Roll cookies in powdered sugar after baking.
- Option: If desired, top with colored sugar, coconut or more nuts before baking and then don't roll in powdered sugar after baking.
These cookies certainly melt in your mouth! They are simple to make and are delicious. You can't eat just one! I really like the combination of vanilla and almond in these. I only got 32 cookies out of my batch. I used a tablespoon for each cookie. I baked mine for 20 minutes and they were perfect. Thanks for sharing. Made for Photo Tag.