Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 12 mins

This classic holiday cookie from Southern Living will melt in your mouth. The extra vanilla amount combines great with the almonds. You can divide the dough and tint in different colors before you shape. They freeze wonderfully, too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream shortening and butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and salt and mix well.
  3. Stir in flour.
  4. Add water, vanilla, and almonds, stirring well.
  5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls (I use small cookie scoop).
  6. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Press down lightly on dough with bottom of glass or measuring cup.
  8. Bake at 325° for 12 minutes or until done.
  9. (Cookies will still be light).
  10. Dredge warm cookies in powdered sugar.
Most Helpful

4 5

These cookies are fabulous! Loved them! The only thing I would maybe change is to add a bit of almond extract as someone else stated, since the almond flavor is so mild. These were made as a Christmas gift~ hope they like them as much as I do!

4 5

These were very good cookies and easy to make. I got 44 out of the batch and following to a "t". I was expecting more of an almond flavor so I was surprised that it was very mild. I did use high quality almonds and real vanilla. I'm wondering if toasting the almonds first would help or maybe using some almond extract in place of some of the vanilla. Thanks for sharing...I will try these again.

5 5

These are delicious cookies. I used 3/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup shortening, and I added about 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. Got a little over 3 dozen. Buttery tender cookies... yummy!