Teardrop Santa Almond Sugar Cookies

Lay out the ingredients and gather the family to make these ornate almond sugar cookies. Create Santa's iconic looks with gumdrops, tart licorice candy, and black food coloring.

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  • Makes: 48 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Makes: 48 to 60 cookies
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Chill: 2 hrs
  • Bake: 7 mins 350°F per batch

Teardrop Santa Almond Sugar Cookies

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs, milk, vanilla, and almond extract until combined. Beat in ground almonds. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until dough is easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll one dough portion at a time to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Using a 3- to 4-inch teardrop-shape cookie cutter, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.
  4. To decorate, cut flat red tart licorice candy into half-circle bibs for coats and tiny squares for hats. Attach bibs and tiny squares with white Creamy White Frosting. Use a ribbon tip to pipe white Creamy White Frosting for hatbands. Cut large white gumdrops into slices; halve slices and attach two halves with frosting for each mustache. Using a small round tip, pipe white Creamy White Frosting for eyes; let dry. Pipe black-tinted Creamy White Frosting for pupils of eyes and buttons. Use frosting to attach small red candies for noses.

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To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Creamy White Frosting

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and almond extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add about half of the powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in the remaining powdered sugar and enough of the remaining milk to reach spreading consistency.

Nutrition Facts (Creamy White Frosting)

  • Per serving:
  • 298 kcal ,
  • 16 g fat
  • ( 4 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 mg chol. ,
  • 2 mg sodium ,
  • 38 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 0 g pro.
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Nutrition Facts (Teardrop Santa Almond Sugar Cookies)

  • Per serving:
  • 178 kcal ,
  • 8 g fat
  • (5 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 2 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 28 mg chol. ,
  • 99 mg sodium ,
  • 25 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 19 g sugar ,
  • 2 g pro.
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