Catholic Recipe: Christmas Baking: Butter Balls

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Details

Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+

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Advent and Christmas seasons are one of the favorite time for cookie baking. These cookies are rich in butter taste, and easy to make with balls decorated by pressing a fork in a criss-cross design on top.

DIRECTIONS

Cream butter or margarine; slowly stir in sugar, beating well. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time. Stir in almond extract and flour, working with a wooden spoon to make a smooth, stiff dough. Shape into 1/2-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie to desired thickness by pressing, crosswise, with a lightly floured fork. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until pale brown. Remove from sheet; cool on a wire rack. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965