Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Easy Almond Sugar Cookies

I'm so excited that I found this recipe because I love it! I'm a big fan of thick, soft, flavorful sugar cookies. However, I'm not a big fan of making them because of the time they take to roll out and the mess. Well my friends, this is an easy, no roll out, recipe. You simply make the dough, roll a spoonful of dough in your hands into a ball, and drop it on the cookie sheet. Easy! I really like the flavor and texture of these ones. I've tried other recipes for drop sugar cookies but this one is definitely my favorite.

Easy Almond Sugar Cookies
by Chelsey W.
1 C butter, softened
1 1/2 C sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 t almond extract
3 C flour
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
Cream together butter and sugar, mixing for 2 min. Add eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, mixing until well combined. The dough will have a "play dough" consistency. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and drop onto a greased cookie sheet. I press on the top of the ball to flatten it very slightly. They are meant to be thick. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 min. until tops begin to crack. They should not brown very much or they will be crunchy instead of soft. Leave them on the cookie sheet to cool for a few minutes before removing. Once cooled completely, add frosting. 

Perfect Frosting
1/2 c margarine or butter, softened *I prefer flavor of margarine in this
3-4 c powdered sugar
milk as needed, a few tablespoons
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract (to taste)
food coloring

The frosting is made by taste. Put a stick of margarine in a large mixing bowl. On low speed mix with electric beaters beat margarine slowly adding in about 2 c of powdered sugar. Add a little milk when it gets too thick. Add more powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extract. Continue to mix in powdered sugar until frosting reaches desired thickness and taste. Add a little food coloring and frost cookies.

Cookie Recipe Adapted From: www.jamiecooksitup.blogspot.com
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