Pat’s Christmas Tree Cookies

2 1/2 cup White flour
1 cups Sugar
1 cups Softened butter
1/4 teaspoons Salt
1/2 teaspoons Almond extract
1 1/2 t. Baking powder
1 Egg
1/4 cups Mult-colored nonpareil candy
1/4 cups Green decorating sugar
More decorations (optional)

In large bowl, mix together flour, butter, sugar, salt, baking powder, almond extract and egg. Mix all together on a low speed. The dough should be rather crumbly. Knead the dough by hand until dough holds together. Wrap and chill a third of the dough in the refrigerator. Portion remaining dough into 1/3’s. Using your hands, roll 1/3 portions each into a 6″ long log. Place some of the green decorating sugar onto a piece of waxed paper. Roll the logs in the decorating sugar, coating well. Use waxed paper to press sugar into dough firmly. Shape logs each into triangle shape, use waxed paper to make sure corners are sharp. Two of the sides should be longer than third side, making a tall triangle shape. Wrap each well, chilling in fridge for several house or till firm enough to cut into pieces. When you are ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350F degrees. Slice logs cross-wise into quarter inch slices. Put each about 1″ apart onto un-greased baking sheets. Shape approx. 1/2 teaspoonful of the remaining 1/3 cup of dough into tree trunk for each cookie and place on bottom of each tree. Sprinkle each with the nonpareil candy decorations. Bake about 10 min. until lightly golden browned. Remove carefully to wire racks to cool completely.

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