So why not celebrate by participating in Life as Mom's Ultimate Recipe Swap: Christmas Must-Haves? It's Christmas in July people, and it looks like she's getting a great group of recipes together; I'm really looking forward to exploring other reader's must-haves. I really love the whole holiday season and this seems like a wonderful idea for a recipe swap! My contribution: Norwegian Cookies. Lip-smackin' good!
These cookies turn out crispy, and although I'm not a huge fan of crispy cookies in general, these are definitely the exception. I made them for the first time about 3 yrs. ago for Christmas after randomly choosing the recipe from a Taste of Home magazine, and I'm now expected to make at least 2 batches of these during the holidays. Luckily I don't mind since they're so easy! My only substitution is that I use pecans instead of walnuts simply because my parents live on a pecan grove and I get as many as I want for free!
Recipe from Taste of Home website
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts
Red and/or green colored sugar
In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and extracts; beat until light and fluffy. Add flour and nuts; beat just until moistened. Cover and chill 1 hour or until firm enough to handle. Shape into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten to 1/4-in. thickness with a glass dipped in colored sugar. Sprinkle with additional sugar if desired. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set. Yield: 3 dozen.
*Tip: I found that the easiest way to get the sugar to stick to the bottom of the glass to press down the cookies is to first rub it on a damp paper towel, then to dip it into the sugar.