Makes 4-5 dozen cookies

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21/2 cups flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 unbeaten egg

3/4 teaspoon almond extract

Food coloring (optional)

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1. Sift flour and salt together. Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and almond extract and blend. Add food coloring at this stage. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

2. Chill dough for an hour, or overnight. Using Christmas tree, flower, or animal shapes, press dough through cookie press onto an ungreased baking sheet. Decorate with sprinkles, colored sugar, and silver and gold dragees.

3. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes until edges are lightly browned.

- From: The Pillsbury Best Butter Cookie Cookbook, Vol. III, 1955

Per cookie (based on 60): 57 calories; 1 gram protein; 7 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams sugar; 3 grams fat; 11 milligrams cholesterol; 42 milligrams sodium; no dietary fiber.

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