Thursday, December 8, 2011

Almond Butter Cookies

I have been promising to get this done.  The delay was due to me hosting Tony's company Christmas party! Oh what fun that was! What a great team he has.  Anywhoo....Christmas baking in is full force this year as we are not going to Wyoming for Christmas! The cookies are not what I think the name says, I , too thought it used almond butter....no, it is a marriage of butter and almond flavoring.  They were great and the frosting added a little(lot) of sweetness. I am on the hunt for a good almond butter cookie.....

~Recipe~

Cookies:
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
tsp butter flavoring
3 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Frosting:
1  8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/4 c butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
3-4 c powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp milk

Cream the butter and sugar for at least 2 minutes to get mixed well.  Add eggs, vanilla, almond and butter flavoring*I added a bit more almond because I LOVE  almond*  Beat for another 2 minutes to the fluffy stage.   Grab another bowl and whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Throw that in with the creamed mixture and mix just til combined.  Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a prepared cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 6-7 minutes, just until the tops begin to crack, let them cool on a cookie sheet for a while *they need to cook a while 
longer*. Cool completely on a wire rack and frost!

Frosting~ *
Make sure the cream cheese and butter are soft, it will make the frosting creamier. Mix them together until smooth.  Add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and inch of salt, beat well.  *If too thin, add more sugar, if too thick add a bit of milk*Add coloring of you want to and mix in.  decorate your cookies! Enjoy~

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