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Elf on the Shelf Ideas | Homemade Elf Cookies

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  • Author: Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 80 1x


  • 3/4 Cup softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup softened butter, not melted
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 325° and line a baking sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Beat your softened butter and sugar together.
  3. Then add in your almond and vanilla extract and egg then mix.
  4. Now mix in your flour and salt.
  5. Knead the dough in your hands until it starts sticking together.
  6. Lay down a piece of parchment paper then flour a rolling pin and roll your dough out, keep a little thick.
  7. Use a small 1-2″ cookie cutter to cut your round circles out.
  8. Use a spatula to transfer your dough to your baking pan.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes, color will be light.
  10. Let your cookies cool on your pan.
  11. Frost and top with sprinkles
  12. Frosting:
  13. Using a hand mixer, beat together your butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  14. Now mix in your powdered sugar one cup at a time.
  15. Then mix in your almond extract

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