Prep 1 hr
Cook 8 mins
It's time for preparing those Christmas goodies! Prep time includes time to chill, baby, chill! ;) From Parade food editor, Sheila Lukins.
- 1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine, softened
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- red decorating sugar, for garnish
- Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer.
- Add confectioners' sugar; beat well.
- Beat in the egg and extracts.
- Blend in the flour and salt.
- Form the dough into two disks and wrap them in plastic.
- Chill the dough well.
- Remove one disk from the refrigerator.
- Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness.
- Cut into 11/2-inch squares, then cut from each corner of the square almost to the center.
- Turn over every other cut point to the center and press gently, forming a pinwheel (or poinsettia).
- Sprinkle the center of each with red sugar.
- Repeat with the second disk of dough.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place the cookies on greased baking sheets and bake until very lightly golden, about 8 to 10 minutes.
These cookies tasted okay but I was disappointed with the results after putting so much work into them. My kitchen may have been too warm (I was baking another batch of cookies when I started these) but I had a terrible time shaping this dough. I had to put the dough in the freezer after I rolled them out because there was no way to cut them with the softness of the dough. After placing in the freezer for about 10 minutes I was able to cut the squares and cut from the corners but only with kitchen shears as I never could get a knife to work. I had several cycles of freezing and cutting (working with small amounts each time) to try to get these shaped as I pictured. Finally did get the desired result, but it never looked perfect. After all of that work I was expecting more! Thanks for the idea, though.
cute idea! I used red food coloring to add to the dough so they were really red! then sprinkled on red decorator sugar for some sparkle.
I particularly like the appearance of these before they are baked , they reseble our popular Indian sweet 'ladoo'!! Very nice cookies. Thank you for sharing.