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© St. Petersburg Times, published July 27, 2000

Almond Cookies

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Royal icing (recipe follows)

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Mix flour, baking powder and salt in bowl.

Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar; beat until fluffy, 2 minutes. Beat in egg and extract. On low speed, beat in flour mixture until dough forms.

Pat dough into 1-inch-thick disc. Wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 15 minutes.

Roll out dough on floured surface into 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out cookies with cutters.

Place on ungreased baking sheets. Reroll scraps; cut more.

Bake at 375 degrees 9 to 11 minutes, until lightly browned at edges. Cool on sheets set on racks 2 minutes. Remove cookies to racks to cool.

With fine-tipped paintbrush, coat cookies with thinned icing. Let dry. Pipe on thicker icing with writing tip.

Source: Family Circle magazine

Royal Icing

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder (see note)
  • 1-pound box (4 cups) confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • Paste food colors or soft gel paste food colors (see note)

Mix meringue powder, confectioner's sugar and water together in bowl until peaks form, about 10 minutes. Makes 3 cups.

To cover cookies with a base coat, thin half of icing with water, a drop at a time, until it's the consistency of sour cream. Use thicker icing for piping. Tint icing with food colors. Keep covered.

Note: Meringue powder and paste food colors can be purchased at any store that carries cake decorating supplies, such as Party City and Michael's.

Source: Family Circle magazine

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