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Category: Cookies, Christmas

 Ingredients List

  • 3/4 c Butter; no substitutes
  • 1/2 c Lard or shortening
  • 1 1/2 c Sugar
  • 1/2 ts Vanilla
  • 1/4 ts Cream of tartar
  • 1/4 ts Almond extract
  • 1 ds Salt
  • 3 c All-purpose flour


1/3 c Shortening
2 c Powdered sugar; sifted
1/4 c Milk
1 1/2 ts Vanilla
2 1/2 c Powdered sugar; sifted
Milk; if needed
Food coloring; if desired

Beat butter and lard or shortening ina mixing bowl with an electric mixer
for 30 seconds.

Add sugar, vanilla, cream of tartar, almond extract and salt; beat till
well combined. Beat in as much flour as you can. Stir in enough flour to
make a stiff dough.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches aprt on an ungreased cookie
sheet. Press your thumb in the center of each. Bake in a 400 degree oven
about 8 to 9 minutes or till bottoms are lightly browned and edges are set.
Let stand on baking sheet for 1 minute. Remove and cool on wire rack. Pipe
colored Creamy Frosting into thumbprints.

CREAMY FROSTING Beat shortening till fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups sifted
powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in milk and vanilla. Slowly beat
in 2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar. Beat in additional milk if necessary,
to make of piping consistency. Add afew drops of desired food coloring.

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