Almond Spritz Cookies

Almond Spritz Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

finely chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Beat butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, almond extract, and vanilla; beat till combined. Stir in flour.

Cover and chill dough for 30 minutes or until easily worked but not too stiff.

Pack dough into a cookie press. Force dough through press onto ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with almonds.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are firm but not brown.

Allow to cool on baking sheet one minute then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

YIELD: 5 Dozen

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