Sugar Cookies

It's very easy to work with this dough. Bake them one day and decorate them the next! I like "outline" decorating because you're not coating the entire cookie with sugary frosting.

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 2 yolks
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. In medium bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In bowl of stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and yolks one at a time beating well after each addition.
  4. With mixer on low, add vanilla and extract. Scrape down bottom and sides of bowl.
  5. With mixer on low add flour mixture a little at a time until just combined.
  6. Divide dough into thirds and form a disc on plastic wrap with each portion. Wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  7. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  8. Working with one disc at a time, roll out on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters.
  9. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until just starting to brown on edges.
  10. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before moving cookies to wire racks to cool.
  11. Cool completely before decorating.