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       Title: Almond Wreath Cookies
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 60 servings
  
     1/2 c  Slivered blanched almonds
     1/4 c  Sugar
       1 c  Unsalted butter, softened
       1 lg Egg
       1 tb Milk
   1 1/2 ts Vanilla extract
     1/2 ts Almond extract
       2 c  Flour
     1/4 ts Baking powder
     1/4 ts Salt
      17    Candied green cherries
   8 1/2    Candied  red cherries
  
   Recipe by: Country Living 12/95
     In food processor w/ chopping blade, process almonds and 1/4 c. sugar
   unti almonds are finely ground; set aside. Lightly grease 5 baking sheets
   (or 2 baking sheets + 3 sheets of aluminum foil or parchment paper, to
   chill wreaths before baking).
     In large bowl w/ mixer at med. speed, beat butter & remaining 1/2 c.
   sugar until light & fluffy. Beat in egg, milk & vanilla & almond extracts
   until well blended. Reduce mixer speed to low; gradually beat in 1 1/2 c.
   flour, the ground almond mixture, baking powder & salt til mixed. Beat in
   enough of remaining flour until soft dough forms.  Spoon about 1/3 of dough
   into large pastry bag w/ 1/4 open star tip. Pipe 1/2 thick strip of dough
   onto baking sheets to form 2 diameter wreaths, about 1 apart. Refrigerate
   on baking sheets 15 min. to firm dough.
     Cut each green cherry into 8 slices. Cut each red cherry into quarters.
     Heat oven to 375.  Press a red cherry onto each wreath & place 2 green
   slices on each side of the red cherry.  Bake 8-10 min. - til golden brown
   on top & lightly browned on bottom. Cool completely on wire rack. Store in
   airtight container. Makes about 5 1/2 doz. cookies.
  
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