Mrs. Claus' Cookbook - Holiday Chocolate Butter Cookies

Holiday Chocolate Butter Cookies

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From the kitchen of Irene, Lisa and Monica Garmon

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Recipe Details

Bake Time:
7-9 minutes
3 dozen
Good for parties/potlucks, Kid friendly, Travels well


1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup sweet butter, softened
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

finely chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts
flaked coconut
fruit preserves
colored sugar
chocolate chips or vanilla candy coating (melted)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Combine sugar, butter, egg yolk and almond extract in a large bowl.

  3. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often until mixture is light and fluffy (2-3 minutes).

  4. Continue beating, gradually adding flour and cocoa, until well mixed (2-3 minutes).

  5. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1 inch balls.

  6. Place about an inch apart on cookie sheets.

  7. Bake 7-9 minutes or until set.

  8. Cool completely.

To Decorate: Coat with melted chocolate or vanilla coating and decorate with chopped nuts, candy, coconut, preserves or colored sugar, as desired.


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