Almond Butter Christmas Tree Cookies

Everyone loves peanut butter, but almond butter is the rich, slightly-healthier sister to peanut butter that's just as delicious as a spread, with fruit or in this case, as an ingredient in Christmas cookies.


The crunchy almond butter makes these Christmas tree cookies a rich, delicious treat that stands out from the plain old sugar cookie recipes. The best part is that like sugar cookies, these almond butter cookies come out a light brown color, which make them easy to decorate and dress up for Christmas.

 

 

I made these cookies into fun tree shapes, and the decoration possibilities are endless -- colored frosting, tiny pearl beads for ornaments and edible glitter for garland. Any way you decorate these cookies, they are a yummy and festive treat to serve at your Christmas party, bring to a cookie exchange party or gift to your hungry neighbor.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Crunchy Almond Butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, brown sugar and almond butter until light and fluffy - about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time and add vanilla extract, mixing until incorporated.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the mixer until they are thoroughly combined. Cover and chill dough for at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out batter onto a floured surface until cookies are ¼ inch thick, then cut cookies with Christmas tree cookie cutter and line cookies on the baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 12 - 15 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Decorate your Christmas tree cookies with green and red frosting and candied pearls!

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