sandbakkelse - norwegian almond butter cookies

Ok, I want to warn you right now...  when I say butter cookies, I mean butter cookies.  This recipe is chock full of butter.  One whole pound to be exact!  But don't be scared...  these are so worth every bit of that butter!

This is a traditional norwegian cookie recipe that my grandma has made for years.  In some places these are made in special molds, like little tart shells, but for ease and simplicity sake, my grandma makes them as regular cookies...  and I think they are perfect!

You really can't beat these with a big hot mug of coffee...  And I like to add the red sugar sprinkles around the holidays for a little festivity!

Sandbakkelse Recipe

2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
colored sugar sprinkles, optional

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg, almond extract and salt until well blended.  Mix in the flour, until you have a smooth, well-mixed dough.

Scoop the dough out onto parchment-lined baking sheets.  Flatten with a fork dipped in water and sprinkle with colored sugar, if using.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are just barely golden brown.  Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely before storing in Tupperware in the freezer (if they don't all get eaten right away, that is!).

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