Sugar Cookie Place Cards

4 Jan

In my opinion, holiday baking is not complete without some sugar cookies.  However, in the past, one of my least favorite cookies was the sugar cookie – that is, until I tried this cookie!  I’ve made some sugar cookies that I’ve liked, but never one that completely wowed me.  This year along with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law we made Sugar Cookie Place Cards for Christmas dinner and so I wanted a recipe that would bring the W-O-W factor, plus the decorations that would produce the cute factor!  Not needing to look far, I decided to try Annie’s favorite sugar cookie recipe.  She has a few variations, but considering it was Christmas I decided to go with the original almond flavoring.

With the exception of trying out the other flavor variations, I intend on this recipe being my standby sugar cookie recipe.  I love the flavor the powdered sugar provided and the hint of almond was fantastic!  Not to mention the fact the my husband kept raving about them, insisting I eat mine immediately after dinner despite the fact that I was stuffed and “saving it for later”.  Plus, the bonus is that the cookies held their shape perfectly which makes it easier to decorate.

Speaking of decorating – I didn’t get pictures of the process like I intended to so I was unable to do a tutorial on decorating with royal icing.  Check out Annie’s fantastic tutorial here.

Sugar Cookies
Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cup flour, sifted

Directions:
Cream butter and add powdered sugar.

Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and sifted flour.  Chill dough until firm (a few hours).

Roll to 1/4″ thickness on well-floured surface.  Cut with cookies to desired shapes.  Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Cookies should not brown.  Allow to cool completely before decorating.

Source: Annie’s Eats

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2 Responses to “Sugar Cookie Place Cards”

  1. Jade 01/04/2011 at 5:20 pm #

    These look fabulous! Place card sugar cookies are a great idea.

  2. Lisa 01/04/2011 at 8:15 pm #

    Those are so adorable. What a wonderful, yummy idea. Great job with the royal icing!

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