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Swedish Christmas Cookies

1 cup butter
2 egg yolks
Dash salt
1 egg white, slightly beaten
4 tablespoons. chopped almonds
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 - 2 3/4 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and almond extract. Add salt. Sift in flour and mix well. Make it pliable dough and chill 30 minutes. To shape, divide dough into 6 equal portions. Roll out each portion to make a rope, about 24" long. Divide each into 2" strips. Place on cookie sheets. Brush with egg whites and sprinkle with sugar and almonds. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until cookies feel firm and are lightly browned around the edges. Let cool on cookie sheet a few minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 6 dozen.

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