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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