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Criss-Cross Brown Sugar Cookies

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Criss-Cross Brown Sugar Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts



Cream butter and sugar; stir in egg. Add flour mixed with baking powder. Mix to a smooth dough. Roll into small balls. Put on greased cookie sheet, 1 inch apart. Flatten criss-cross style with a fork dipped in flour. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Bake in hot oven, 400° F. for 10 to 12 minutes.

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