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Holiday Chocolate Butter Cookies                        Becky Grasso

1/2 cup sugar                        1 tsp. almond extract

3/4 cup butter                        1 1/2 cup flour

1 egg yolk                        1/4 cup cocoa


In large bowl combine all ingredients except flour and cocoa.  Beat until light and fluffy.  Gradually add flour and cocoa until well mixed.  Shape rounded teaspoonfuls as desired (1 " balls) or use cookie press.  Place on cookie sheets.  Bake for 7-9 minutes or until set at 375.  Cool -  Decorate with sifted powder sugar, chocolate chips, nuts, colored sugars - or whatever.