• 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped slivered almonds
  • additional powdered sugar
  • red and green sprinkles, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Sift the flour and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the shortening, butter and powdered sugar. Blend in the extracts and nuts. Add the dry ingredients gradually and mix until dough is smooth.
  4. Shape the dough into small balls, using 1 tablespoon of dough for each cookie. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and flatten slightly. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until edges are slightly golden and they are baked through.
  5. Roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar. Mix some sprinkles in if you want a holiday look to them

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