With Christmas only 2 days away, I decided to bake a little something for our family and my husband's co-workers (he unfortunately has to work on Christmas Eve so I figured some homemade baked goods for him and all the other Airmen would cheer them up). Decorating the sugar cookies have become a family affair, with my kids loving every minute of it...as you can tell from the pictures below :)
We love this recipe and we hope everyone who makes them will enjoy them also :)
(makes 2 dozen cookies)
For the cookies:
2 and 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar (this is a MUST)
1 cup butter, softened
1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract (this is a MUST)
For the frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. milk
1/4 tsp. almond extract (This is a MUST)
2 tsp. Karo Syrup
Food Coloring if desired
Cookie Decorations (sugar crystals, dots, etc...)
1. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl with an electric mixer, cream together butter and the 1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar. Mix together until light and fluffy.
3. To the creamed butter, add the egg, 1 tsp. vanilla, and 1/2 tsp. almond extract.
4. Finally, add the flour mixture a little at a time, blending well.
5. Divide dough in half, wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
7. Roll out portions of the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes, making sure not to make them to thick.
8. Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper or baking mat. Cookies are done when they are just barely starting to turn brown at the bottom.
9. Let them completely cool before frosting and decorating.
10. To make the frosting, blend and stir together the 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 tsp. milk, 1/4 tsp. almond extract, and 2 tsp. Karo Syrup. Stir together until the desired consistency is reached, adding more or less milk. Add food coloring if desired.
11. Frost cookies and decorate them. Let them completely dry before covering them and storing them.