These cookies are a Christmas-time tradition in my house and millions of homes all over the world. This is the recipe my mom always used – you can find it in any vintage GE Cookbook, if you have one lying around.
- 1 c. butter
- ½ tsp. almond extract
- ½ c. plus 1 T. Sugar
- 2-1/2 c. sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- ¾ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- food coloring, optional
- Cream butter; add sugar.
- Blend in egg, salt, extracts and flour; knead dough in hands until soft and pliable. Press dough through cooky press onto ungreased cookie sheets. Add a few drops of food coloring to the dough if desired.
- Bake at 400 degrees about 4 to 6 minutes.
My mom always found these cookies frustrating to make. I always found them well worth the wait. My mom used to divide the dough in half to make both red and green cookies. If you have the patience, you can decorate with sprinkles before putting the cookies into the oven. The original recipe specifies to bake the cookies for eight minutes. I did and burned the bottoms of my first dozen. For subsequent batches I found baking the cookies for four minutes was sufficient.