I thought I would try a-new-to-me Christmas cookie recipe I received last year from Dad and his “new” wife Patty. While at the craft shop I picked up Orange gel concentrated food coloring and thought I would give it a whack.
3 cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter flavor crisco or shortening
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
Mix all together the usual way, roll out, cut shapes, cook, cool and frost and decorate however you like.
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
Now as usual I modified the recipe which told me to use 1 cup of “ole” which is an old fashioned name for shortening.
I like real butter flavor, but I don’t like a crumbly cookies, so I went for half and half and they turned out nice and sturdy with plenty of butter-y flavor.
Then I split the two teaspoons of vanilla into 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of almond extract. Feel free to restore it to its original 2 tsp of vanilla and no almond extract if you like.