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Friday, December 23, 2011

almond spritz trees


If you haven't spent the holidays with Full Circle Foodie before, I'd like to extend a warm welcome. This is my fourth year in a row executing my "Baked with Love" project where I bake a variety of cookies and candies and then package them up all pretty to give, with love, to coworkers, friends and family. 

Each year, I incorporate tried and true traditions as well as new recipes that I am equally excited about. Grab some hot cocoa and enjoy your stay as my 2011 Box of Love unfolds before your eyes! 


Today's cookies have not only been a part of the Baked with Love series since its creation, but have been on every one of our holiday cookie trays since the dawn of time. These have always been my personal favorite during the holidays and I am so happy to have passed along the love to Meg and Zach as well. I just love the delicate almond flavor of the cookie paired with the bold colors and flavors of the "trimmings."

Almond Spritz Trees

If you aren't lucky enough to already own a vintage Mirro copper cookie press, don't fret. They can be found on eBay and I hear the fancy schmancy new plastic ones work just as well. I'm just partial to my copper press because that's how my Mommom makes them.

Almond Spritz Trees
What you'll need:
1. Assorted Sprinkles, 2. Cookie Press, 3. Cinnamon Candies
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Almond Spritz Cookie Dough

Almond Spritz Trees

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup shortening
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Green food coloring

Preparation:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Cream together shortening and egg. Gradually mix in the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder until well combined. 
  3. Add almond extract and mix well. Add food coloring to desired color.
  4. Put through the cookie press onto cookie sheets. Decorate with sprinkles or colored sugar and top with a cinnamon candy.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 -12 minutes or until very light brown and set.
Almond Spritz Trees

This recipe makes plenty, but if you have a relatively large family I'd double the recipe. These little bite-sized pillows of crispy almond heaven are quite addicting. Given their lighter nature, they disappear off the cookie tray rather quickly. {I think they're Santa's favorite!} Enjoy. And don't forget to share!

Almond Spritz Trees

Check out Baked with Love of years past...
BwL2008  BwL2009  BwL2010

1 comment:

guest said...

we make a similar recipe, but use the wreath shape instead of the tree. and we put a piece of marashino cherry in the center before we bake them. the cherry almond combination is great!