Almond Butter Cookies Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 1 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened*
<br>- 3/4 cup white sugar
<br>- 1 teaspoon almond extract
<br>- 2 cups all-purpose flour
<br>- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
<br>- 1/4 teaspoon salt
<br>- 1/2 cup real semisweet chocolate chips
<br>- 2 teaspoons shortening
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Combine butter, sugar and almond extract in large  bowl.  Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.  Reduce speed to low; add all remaining cookie ingredients.  Beat until well mixed.
<br>step 2: Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls.  Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Flatten balls to 1/4 inch thick with bottom of buttered glass dipped in sugar. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Cool completely.
<br>step 3: Melt chocolate chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth (2 to 4 minutes).  Drizzle or pipe top of cooled cookies making tree design, if desired.
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Ingredients
- 1 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened*
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup real semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons shortening

Directions
step 1: Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine butter, sugar and almond extract in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add all remaining cookie ingredients. Beat until well mixed.
step 2: Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten balls to 1/4 inch thick with bottom of buttered glass dipped in sugar. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.
step 3: Melt chocolate chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth (2 to 4 minutes). Drizzle or pipe top of cooled cookies making tree design, if desired.

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