shortbread Christmas cookies may be decorated with slivers of
red and green cherries and nonpareils. Dough may also be colored
with food coloring to suit the occasion. Try different shapes,
like daisy shapes in the summer.
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1. In a
large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
teaspoon baking powder
large egg yolks
teaspoon vanilla extract
teaspoon almond extract
2. In a medium
bowl, mix the butter, egg yolks, and extracts.
3. Blend the flour
mixture into the creamed butter. There is a
line between dough that is too cold or too warm. If the
is too soft, place in refrigerator for a few minutes, or if
has been refrigerated too long, let it sit out a few minutes.
4. Preheat the oven
5. Spoon a third of
dough into a cookie press, select desired
attachments. Line baking sheets with baking parchment
Press onto parchment-lined sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes.
Makes 1 large plate for a Christmas or tea party