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.
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
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