Okay, Friends! If you don’t have any cookies baked yet, you’re either not going to or you don’t have any quick, easy ideas. I can’t help you with the former, but here is a great recipe for the latter. My boys and I whipped these up today (for Santa and Mrs. Claus).
They are rich with butter, crumbly in the best kind of way, and packed with vanilla and almond flavors. I can almost guarantee that you have all the ingredients already (don’t quote me on that).
1 C butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
2 1/4 C APF
1/4 t salt
1/4 t almond extract
1/4 t vanilla bean paste (or extract)
5-7 drops of green food coloring
Preheat oven to 400F. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the flour, salt, egg, almond extract, vanilla bean paste (or extract), and food coloring. Roll the dough into little balls and form a hole in the center (I used an icing tip). Put on the sprinkles. and place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or just before the cookies turn brown. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
My boys also made these little masterpieces:
I let them go nuts with M&Ms, sprinkles, marshmallows, and icing. I think Santa will both enjoy them and go into a cookie coma!
Memories were made and that’s all that matters. <3
The Merriest of Christmases to you and your families! May you feel God’s love and know the real reason behind this special season.