Christmas Cookies (Spritz cookies)

By Irene Hauner


1 cup butter, softened

¾ cup sugar


1 tsp. almond extract

2¼ cups flour

1/8 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. baking powder


Preheat oven to 375ºF 


Cream together the butter and the sugar.  Add the egg and almond extract.  Mix until well blended.


In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder.  Gradually sift into the butter mixture and stir well.


Using a cookie press, press out cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet.   If desired, decorate with sprinkles, colored sugars, or candies. 


Bake for approx. 8 minutes until edges are golden.  Remove from baking sheet, cool on racks.