Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
I must say that I have never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. Whether I was single, dating or married, the purpose of the day was lost on me. All purposes save one. The delicious factor. You know what I mean. Chocolates. Desserts. And of course, cookies.
With sugar cookies on the brain lately, I finally sat down and decorated sugar cookies for friends. My experience has been that most cut-out decorated sugar cookies have lacked great flavor. Well, not these. These cookies are perfect. Full of flavor and tender crumb. The cookies are not overly sweet, which works well when paired with the royal icing, which let’s admit may not be the most delicious thing to put on top of a cookie.
And, as a novice at the decorated sugar cookie, I fully expected my cookies to be imperfect and composed of minor, superficial blemishes. However, with a superior base product, I would gladly eat and share these cookies with my family and friends.
– from Annie’s Eats
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 and 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 and 1/2 cup sifted flour
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Cream butter until fluffy and add powdered sugar until fully incorporated and light.
- Add egg, almond extract, vanilla extract, salt and flour to the butter mixture until well blended (in that order).
- Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least two hours, until the dough has firmed up.
- Once chilled, on a lightly floured surface, roll out the cookie dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. If your dough keeps sticking, I suggest alternating between flour and powdered sugar to powder to the surface. This way you won’t run the risk of adding too much flour to the mixture.
- After rolling, cut out your desired shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer the cookies to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until only barely browned on the bottom. You do not want to brown these cookies.
- Allow the cookies to cool on a cooling rack completely before decorating. If you don’t intend on decorating right away, store in an airtight container until it is time to decorate.