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Amaretto Cookies

Amaretto Cookies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 unsalted butter, soft
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg, large
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together till light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  3. Add flours, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; mix well.
  4. Add nuts, chocolate chips and Amaretto; mix well.
  5. Drop by rounded spoonful on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 -10 minutes.
  6. Cool on pan for 2 minutes before removing to wire rack to finish cooling.

I used an extra large cookie scoop and got 18 cookies.


Cranberry Almond Muffins

Cranberry Almond MuffinIngredients:

  •  2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup  milk
  • 1 tsp pure Almond extract
  • 1 egg, large
  • 4 oz shortening
  • 1/4 almonds, finely shopped
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a muffin pan with paper muffin liners
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Microwave shortening  in a microwave-safe bowl, for about a minute, until it’s thoroughly melted. Set it aside at room temperature to cool, but don’t let it solidify again.
  4. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and then add the sugar, milk and vanilla to the eggs.
  5. Stir in almonds and cranberries.
  6. Slowly add slightly cooled, melted shortening into the egg-vanilla-milk mixture and stir it in. If the shortening it too hot it will cook the eggs.
  7. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones and mix no more than ten seconds. The batter should be visibly lumpy, and you may see pockets of dry flour.
  8. Gently pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan and bake immediately.
  9. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Yield 12 muffins



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