Swedish Heirloom Cookies

"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."
Swedish Heirloom Cookies created by vrvrvr
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  • Cream shortening and butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add 1 cup powdered sugar and salt and mix well.
  • Stir in flour.
  • Add water, vanilla, and almonds, stirring well.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls (I use small cookie scoop).
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Press down lightly on dough with bottom of glass or measuring cup.
  • Bake at 325° for 12 minutes or until done.
  • (Cookies will still be light).
  • Dredge warm cookies in powdered sugar.
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  1. amybranflakes
    I've been making these cookies for the last 45 years every year for Christmas! And they are by far everybody's favorite. I really enjoy Swedish heirloom cookies and so does everybody else! You will not be disappointed!
  2. vrvrvr
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  3. vrvrvr
    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!
  4. Gerry
    I agree with your previous reviewers, these are great cookies. Delicious, light and lovely making for one of those "you can't eat just one" kind of cookie. Used packaged ground almonds and made as posted with excellent results. Your photo had me add that little touch - makes for great presentation - and an empty platter. Thank you Roxygirl for another of your recipes that was a winner at our house.
  5. katiemjenkins
    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!

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