Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Perfect Soft Sugar Cookies

These are the cookies that my kids frosted!

-3/4 c. butter, softened
-1 pkg (3 oz.) cream cheese softened
-1 c. sugar
-1/2 c. powdered sugar
-1 egg
-1 tsp. almond extract
-2 3/4 c. flour
-1/2 tsp. baking powder
-1/2 tsp. salt

Let your dough chill overnight in the fridge. If you don’t your dough will not hold the shapes you cut in to it.
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugars in large bowl (or Kitchen-Aid) until fluffy.

3. Add egg and almond extract, beat until smooth.
4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
5. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Stir until soft dough forms.
6. Roll out and cut with cookie cutter. Thin dough will make crunchy cookies. If you want soft dough, it needs to be about 3/8 in.
{NOTE: Try not to handle the dough too much}

7. Bake 8-10 minutes on greased pan.

{Doubling makes over 2 dozen cookies}

{The best part....}
-1/3 c. butter (softened)
-4 1/2 c. powdered sugar
-1/4 c. milk
-1/2 tsp. vanilla
-1/2 tsp. almond extract
-food coloring (optional)
Mix with hand mixer. If too thick, add a tid more milk.
{Note: 1 batch of frosting will be enough for 2 batches of cookie dough}

Source: http://www.lilluna.com/2011/01/food-tutorial-best-sugar-cookies.html

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