Christmas Cookies - Almond Bars & Praline Cookies

Date: 18 Nov 1993 07:58 EST
Here are two of my family's favorites:

Almond Bars

Crust:  1 cup butter, 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar.  Mix well and 
pat into even layer in a 9 x 13 pan.  Bake crust at 350 degrees for 20 to 
25 minutes.

Filling:  8 oz cream cheese, softened, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp almond 
extract.  Beat together well and pour over crust while it is still hot.  
Bake 15 to 20 minutes (350 degrees).  Cool.

Frosting:  1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1 1/2 tablespoon milk, 
1 tsp almond extract.  Whisk together and spread evenly on baked, cooled 
cookies.  Cut into bars - makes 24 to 36 bars.

Praline Cookies

1 1/2 cup flour		    1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder     1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup solid shortening    1 tsp valilla
1 egg	                    1/2 cup chopped pecans

Brown Sugar Glaze:
2 Tablespoons butter	    1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 - 2 1/2 Tbsp milk	    3/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients 
except pecans and glaze.  Blend at medium speed to form s stiff dough.  
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake 10 to 13 minutes 
until deep golden brown.  Cool.  Top each cookie with 1/2 tsp pecans.  In 
small saucepan, melt butter, stir in brown sugar and milk.  Add powdered 
sugar; blend to make a glazing consistency.  Drizzle glase over pecans.  
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.


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