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Brown Sugar Almond Stars

Yield: 36 (3-inch) cookies
Prep 30 mins Chill 2 hrs Bake 375°F 6 mins to 8 mins  per batch
Brown Sugar Almond Stars
Ingredients
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 1 1/4  cups  packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/3  cup  canola oil
  • 1/4  cup  refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 2 1/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 3/4  cup  almonds, toasted and ground
  • 6  ounces  bittersweet, semisweet, or milk chocolate, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 1  teaspoon  shortening (optional)
  •  Whole, sliced, slivered, chopped, and/or ground almonds (optional)
Directions

1. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in oil, egg, and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour and the 3/4 cup almonds. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill dough about 2 hours or until easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough, half at a time, to 1/4-inch thickness (keep remaining dough refrigerated). Using 1 1/2- to 4-inch star-shape cookie cutters, cut dough into star shapes. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack; cool.

4. If desired, in a small saucepan, heat and stir chocolate and shortening over low heat until melted; cool slightly. Decorate cookies with melted chocolate and, if desired, additional almonds. Let stand until chocolate is set.

Nutrition Facts (Brown Sugar Almond Stars)
  • cal. (kcal) 110,
  • Fat, total (g) 6,
  • chol. (mg) 7,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 14,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 8,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 58,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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