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Christmas Ball Cookies

Christmas Ball Cookies
  • Prep 50 min
  • Total 1 hr 50 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 24
Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth Christmas cookies make welcome holiday gifts.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • Red, green and white sanding sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Directions

  • 1
    In large bowl, beat 1 cup of the butter, 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar and the salt with electric mixer on medium speed about2 minutes or until creamy. Beat in 1/4 teaspoon of the almond extract. On low speed, beat in flour just until combined. Cover; refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. Shape dough into 48 (3/4-inch) balls. Roll 16 balls in each color of sanding sugar, coating completely. On cookie sheets, place balls 1 inch apart.
  • 3
    Bake 15 minutes or until set and bottoms are light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. In small bowl, beat remaining 1/4 cup butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract and the milk with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. For each sandwich cookie, spread about 1/2 teaspoon filling on bottom of 1 cookie; top with second cookie, bottom side down, to form ball.

Expert Tips

  • You'll want to use butter rather than a substitute for this recipe. Carefully measure flour and powdered sugar by lightly spooning into a measuring cup and leveling off. Scooping flour can cause dry, tough dough.
  • You may omit the filling for these sandwich cookies and simply serve them as colorful sugar cookies.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
161
Total Fat
10g
0%
Saturated Fat
6g
0%
Sodium
97mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
18g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth Christmas cookies make welcome holiday gifts.
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