Norwegian Christmas Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In an electric mixer, cream together butter, white sugar and brown sugar until fluffy.
Separate egg, reserving the egg white. Add egg yolk, molasses and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and cinnamon.
Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.
Divide the dough into 6 even portions.
Roll each portion into a log about 6-7 inches long and about 1/2 inch in diameter.
Place 2 logs on a cookie sheet and flatten each to about 1/4 inch thickness. The cookies will spread when baking so leave plenty of room between them.
Repeat with remaining dough.
Whip egg white in a small bowl until broken up.
Brush egg whites on to top of cookies.
Sprinkle sanding sugar and chopped almonds on top.
Bake for 10-12 minutes; cookies will spread out.
Cook for 3-4 minutes; using a sharp knife, slice diagonally in 1/2 inch strips. Allow to cool completely.
You can add ginger, nutmeg or other spices to the scandinavian cookies.
Pistachios, hazelnuts or walnuts can also be great to top these types of cookies.
Top with colored sugar, candy or powdered sugar if you like.
Feel free to cut these cookies into shapes such as a Christmas tree or diamond-shaped. Or scoop with a cookie scoop.
Almond Extract or other flavoring can replace the vanilla extract in this recipe.
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