These pretty sugar cookies are a classic addition to the holiday cookie tray.
They make great decorations, too!
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter or margarine,
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
cream of tartar
Colored sugars, candy sprinkles and nonpareils, if desired
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk or half-and-half
In large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, the butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla
extract, almond extract and egg until well blended.
Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.
Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Divide dough in half. On lightly floured, cloth covered surface, roll each half
of dough 3/16 inch thick. Cut into assorted shapes with cookie cutters, or cut around
patterns traced from storybook illustrations. If cookies are to be hung as decorations,
make a hole in each 1/4 inch from top with end of plastic straw. Place on ungreased
Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown.
Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.
Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
In medium bowl, beat all frosting ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Tint
with food color if desired.
Frost and decorate cookies as desired with frosting and colored sugars.
Yield: 5 dozen 2-inch cookies
Success: For melt-in-your-mouth treats, be
sure to mix cookies just enough—but not too much. Too much mixing can result in
Time Saver: Skip the decorator frosting and
use part of a container of ready-to-spread frosting instead. The frosting layer
will be a bit thicker this way, but it will be equally delicious!
Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 65 (Calories from Fat 25 ); Total
Fat 3 g (Saturated Fat 2 g); Cholesterol 10 mg; Sodium 40 mg; Total Carbohydrate
9 g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 1 g
Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2 %; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 0% Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fat
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Reprinted with permission from
Betty Crocker 2007/TM General Mills.