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  1. cookies-- -- 2 c Sifted all-purpose flour

  2. 1/2 c Sugar

  3. 1/4 ts Salt

  4. 1 c Butter

  5. 3/4 c Grated unblanched almonds

  6. 2 ts Vanilla

  7. frosting-- -- ? -- 6 tb Butter

  8. 1/3 c Half-and-half

  9. 2/3 c Packed brown sugar

  10. 2 c Confectioners' sugar

  11. 1/2 ts Vanilla

  12. Chopped pistachio nuts For garnish

  13. 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. For cookies, sift flour, sugar and 1 cup butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Blend in almonds and vanilla. Work mixture with fingers until a ball of dough is formed. Then shape into 1-inch balls.

  14. 2. Place balls on greased cookie sheets; make a depression in

  15. 8 minutes; remove from oven. Dent again and bake about 8 minutes longer; cool.

  16. 3. For frosting, blend

  17. 6 tablespoons butter, half-and-half and brown

  18. 2 minutes, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Cool about 15 minutes, then stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth and thick.

  19. 4. Fill depressions in cookies with butterscotch frosting and sprinkle frosting with nuts. Winner Penney L. Haney of Kenosha described these cookies: "Oh, the aroma! Dad knew his 'girls' had been baking as soon as he stepped in the back door, brushing snowflakes from his coat. He warmed his hands over the hot oven, slowly recovering feeling in his fingertips, numb from stringing red, yellow, blue, green and white lights in the pines in the yard. His chore and our special treat combined each year to mark the beginning of our holiday preparations. "While chatting to Mom about trying to locate the single, burned-out bulb that had kept an entire strand out, he watched me, his tiny daughter, with not so dexterous fingers, shaping dough into big marbles. I had to kneel on a wooden chair to reach the table, with Mom's brightly-colored apron wrapped around me nearly twice, held together in back by a giant safety pin." from the Chicago Tribune annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest December 4, 1986 --


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