These cookies are mixed differently from other cookies (like pie crust) but they are the best. These are the ones I grew up on. At Christmas my mom would add almond extract and green food color then make tree pattern.
INGREDIENTS (for 3 servings):
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut the shortening in until it resembles course crumbs.
Measure the egg and add enough water to make 1/4 cup, beat together. Add egg and vanilla to crumb mixture; mix well.
Put through the cookie press onto cookie sheets. Decorate with sprinkles or colored sugar if desired. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 -12 minutes or until very light brown and set.