Almond Sugar Cookie Cut Outs

Who can refuse a sugar cookie cut out? I have always enjoyed the element of surprise when biting in to such a cookie. There is a hint of flavor that comes out strongest — some are very vanilla tasting; others have a hint of lemon, which can be delicious. Then there is this recipe, which features almond.

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My mom got it from a friend many years ago and we’ve been making them for the holidays (and other fun cut out cookie worthy events) ever since. Everyone who loves traditional cut outs and doesn’t expect the almond flavor lets out an, “mmm!” when they taste these. We adore almond –and almond extract, paste, marzipan, etc. — and love baking with it. I hope you do too!

Here’s the recipe:

Almond Sugar Cookie Cut Outs

1 1/2 c. confectioner’s sugar
1 c. butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 1/2 c. flour

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cream sugar and butter; add egg and extract; mix to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Sift and add to bowl in about three parts, mixing between additions.
  4. Remove cookie dough from bowl and place onto lightly flour surface. Gently form ball and press to flatten (to about half its size). Note: I don’t know exactly why this is recommended, but all the pros do this and I’ve been following their lead ever since I saw this.
  5. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 mins. (or up to a few days).
  6. When ready to bake, remove from refrigerator and allow to warm to room temperature before rolling out. Flour your surface and rolling pin. Roll dough to thickness ~1/4 or 1/8-inch.
  7. Cut into desired shapes. Place on cookie sheet, leaving about an inch between each cookie.
  8. Bake in oven for 7 mins. (or until lightly browned on bottoms and barely brown on top).

Almond Icing

2 tbsp. warm water or milk, room temperature
~3 tbsp. butter, room temperature or slightly melted
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
~2 1/2 c. powdered sugar

  1. Using a hand mixer, beat all these ingredients until smooth and glossy!
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These recipes are so simple and such a crowd pleaser. When in doubt, a cookie is a great dessert to bring to any function. I brought these to work and my kiddies gobbled them right up, before my colleagues could even get a taste, so I’ll need to make them again soon.

And you can have so much fun with decorating these. I used fall cut out shapes and I’m already excited to break out the Christmas ones. Although I didn’t post the photos of my frosted cookies — sorry, I was almost running late to work and couldn’t take the additional shots before packing them up! — they are really fun to frost and sprinkle. When you have guests over, pull out a plate of these cookies, cut into fun shapes, and they will make everyone smile even before they bite into one!

Note: If you have a nut allergy and want to make this cookie without the almond extract, no worries. We make a separate batch with just vanilla every year for my cousin who is allergic to nuts. They are still delicious!

About Nina

Nina lives in Buffalo, NY. An adventurous home cook, she loves to eat, cook, bake & enjoy life. She writes/blogs about food, tweets adventures & other passions.

22. November 2010 by Nina
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