Rating: 4.43 stars
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

This was my grandfather's favorite, and has become a family tradition. Enjoy.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
72
Yield:
6 dozen
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Ingredients

72
Original recipe yields 72 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening, butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Roll into walnut sized balls and place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until bottoms begin to brown.

Nutrition Facts

81 calories; protein 0.7g; carbohydrates 7.1g; fat 5.5g; cholesterol 6.8mg; sodium 29.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2010
I have an electric oven so it took the full 25 minutes. I added 1 cup of slivered almonds. The cookie had a great shortbread flavor. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/25/2014
made as recipe written. not overly impressed. doubt I will make again. Read More
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2010
I have an electric oven so it took the full 25 minutes. I added 1 cup of slivered almonds. The cookie had a great shortbread flavor. Thanks! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
These are excellent! I added grated lemon zest (1/2 lemon). It gave it a tinge of lemon hint, yum! I will try grated orange zest next time. These cookies do not spread out and come out like you shape them so be prettier than I was. I didn't space them 2" apart, didn't find the need. Yay! I made shortbread!! :) Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2009
These are delicious! I also tried this recipe with 1 C dried cranberries and 1 C chopped pecans and liked those as well! Read More
(4)
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2009
These are delicious easy treats! Baked for 20 minutes and they were perfect. Be careful not to over bake as they will harden upon cooling. I only got 61 cookies out of the recipe. These taste very much like Italian Wedding Cookies. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2008
Great for Christmas cookies. Toss in powdered sugar. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
these cookies are the best! i had them with evening coffee and afternoon tea with guests. they will be an added delight to my assorted christmas gift tins. i will anxiously await other fine receipes from you teresa. i think it is wonderful that your family traditions live on. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2005
Good flavor texture. Thought it was great! Thanks! Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2013
These were a good shortbread cookie. They were very dry and crumbly. They have a great flavor. I would consider adding icing to these. The recipe came together very easily. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/28/2013
I baked these for my colleagues and students and while I thought they were just alright everyone else seemed to really like them and they were gone very quickly. I made them to recipe though I scaled the recipe down to only make two dozen. Though the taste was good I found that they ended up a little greasier than other shortbread-type cookies I've made. The almond and vanilla flavors were a nice combination. The recipe was super easy and the time for prep/baking was correct for me. My housemate said he thought they were like Christmas cookies without the cinnamon (which for him is good because he doesn't like cinnamon) so maybe a nice variant could involve some cinnamon. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/25/2014
made as recipe written. not overly impressed. doubt I will make again. Read More