Every year in my family we have a tradition. A sugar cookie tradition. We will get together one Sunday in December and make a TON of cookies...frosted and decorated, too. This year, I perfected my recipe. Seriously. It turned out UH-MAZing! I've always felt um, snobbish towards sugar cookies....and this is why!
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 c. flour
1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. almond extract (you can sub. vanilla here if you have to)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Sift together first three dry ingredients. Set aside. Combine the butter and sugar and beat until fluffy. Add Almond extract. Combine. Beat in one egg at a time until just combined. Add dry ingredients. Mixture will be slightly crumbly. Form into one large disc or two smaller discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 min.
Roll out dough, cut out. Bake 8-10 min. Cookies will be done when it no longer has a shinny look to it.
*I prefer mine more chewy so I bake for about 8 min. If you prefer yours more crunchy, bake for 10 min or more...but NOT until golden. Just until they don't have a glossy shine anymore and don't slide when you hold your cookie sheet at an angle.
1 1/2c. salted butter, at room temperature
5-6 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1/4 c. whipping cream
Whip butter until light and airy. Combine remaining ingredients in a large mixer and whip until thoroughly combined. Spoon frosting amounts into bowls for food coloring separation. I use the Wilton food coloring in the jars. You can find them at most craft stores in the baking/cakes isle. They will give you a deeper more true color than the grocery store tubes.