Almond Press Cookies

almond press cookies

Most traditional New Year’s Day recipes include lots of greens, such as boiled cabbage and spinach, but my family has a much more enjoyable–if less healthy–New Year’s tradition.

We eat green ‘winter’ tree cookies.  (Yeah, we call them Christmas Tree cookies, but Christmas is over, so in an attempt to make our tradition seem a little less odd, I will call them ‘winter’ tree cookies.)

This recipe comes from my grandmother on my father’s side.

My grandmother's handwritten recipe.
My grandmother’s handwritten recipe.

The Recipe


1 c margarine

3/4 c sugar

1 egg

1 tsp almond extract

2 1/4 c flour

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

green food colouring (we usually use 4 drops)

Servings: Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.

Heat the oven to 375oF.  Cream room temperature margarine, sugar, egg and almond extract together in a bowl.  In another bowl, sift flour, salt, and baking powder together.  Mix dry and wet ingredient in one bowl.  Stir in food colouring.  Chill dough for at least an hour before loading it into the cookie press.  After the dough has chilled and been loaded into the cookie press, press the cookies onto a cool cookie sheet.  Decorate with sprinkles, then bake for 10-12 minutes, or just until the edges begin to slightly brown.  Allow to cool before enjoying.

Christmas Tree Cookies-butter
Creamed butter, waiting for the sugar, egg, and almond extract.
The colour is a bit unappetizing right now, but it will get better.
The colour is a bit unappetizing right now, but it will get better, I promise.

We usually munch on these cookies while sipping hot tea and play games.  It’s a very relaxing beginning to a new year.  The almond flavor actually seems to intensify as the cookies cool.  These are one of the few recipes where the food actually tastes better the older it gets.  I would guess that these cookies hit their peak tastiness at about 4 days, but I will probably never know for certain, since we never manage to restrain ourselves from gobbling them all up in that time.

Perfect rows, courtesy of my brother, who has more patience than me.
Our “Wear-Ever Super Shooter” that is probably at least 30 years old.

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