The Best Vanilla Almond Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

The best ever Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookie recipe

This thick, slightly chewy sugar cookie is just the right amount of sweet.

This year I tried my new favorite sugar cookie recipe: the best ever vanilla almond sugar cookies.Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe

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No, that name is not an exaggeration.

My favorite part of this recipe is that this dough does not have to be refrigerated before cutting out shapes – perfect for impatient bakers like me!

Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe

Recently my friend passed the (unsourced) recipe to me. She’d served them up at a party and I couldn’t. stop. eating. them.

Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe

They were perfect. Soft, thick, and just a little chewy.

I promptly got my hands on that recipe, as one does, and tried them for myself. Easy. Breezy.

But a little something was missing…

The new secret ingredient?

Almond extract

The result is a thick, slightly chewy sugar cookie that is just the right amount of sweet.

Even better? These babies STAY soft. You can pre-bake them and they’ll store nicely. If you don’ attack them like a wild animal first.

I’ll admit to eating a cookie or two for breakfast before. I mean, they’ve got eggs, flour and sugar, right?

They’re practically pancakes. Except better.

Be sure to make a double batch, though. If you take these to a party, they WILL be gone.

For the icing, I found this great  royal icing recipe.

As it turns out, these cookies look way harder to decorate than they are. I made easy work of it by edging the cookies with just one piping bagtip, and fasteners using the saran wrap trick!

Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe

To flood the rest of the cookies, I slowly diluted the icing  to get the right consistency, then I poured my colors into these squeeze bottles and frosted.

I love mixing my icing in silicone bowls, which makes it super easy to pour them into the squeeze bottles or my piping bag.Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe | Five Marigolds

Since we were celebrating Christmas a full month early with one side of our family, I wasn’t quite ready for traditional colored cookies with vibrant reds and greens.

I chose pastel pinks, blues and greens, and I love how they turned out!Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe | Five Marigolds

Or, if you’re a super lazy baker like me, try my genius royal icing dip recipe here.

Dippable Royal Icing recipe frosts dozens of cookies in minutes

It’s a total game changer. If piping decorations sounds cumbersome to you – you’re in luck. I’ve tried my hand at some recipe decorating ideas that take just minutes instead of hours!

Watercolor icing is super fast and easy, and isn’t as detail intensive as piping frosting.

Dippable Royal Icing recipe frosts dozens of cookies in minutes

Or, get the kids involved and have them draw on your icing!  We did this for our extended family Christmas and the kids had a blast. Even better? They were totally adorable. Just use food-safe markers to decorate them!

Dippable Royal Icing recipe frosts dozens of cookies in minutes

 

After making these, I found a very similar vanilla almond cookie recipe. Well. I guess I’m not the only one who loves a little almond extract!

What do you think of my vanilla almond sugar cookie recipe?

What is your favorite Christmas cookie recipe? Tell me in the comments below –  I’m always looking for something new to try!

The Best Vanilla Almond Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 C. sugar
  • 2 sticks butter, cold & cut into chunks
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t. pure almond extract
  • 3 C. all-purpose flour
  • 2 t. baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter. Mix in the egg and extracts.
  3. Combine the flour and baking powder, then add to sugar mixture and mix just until combined.
  4. Roll out onto a floured surface (I like mine nice and thick!), and cut into shapes.
  5. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes.
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9 thoughts on “The Best Vanilla Almond Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

  1. lynn says:

    Hi Rochelle, this cookies not only look great, but must taste great also because of the addition of the almond extract. I look forward to baking them with my daughter when she returns home for school, so will pin them for then.
    Thanks for sharing, Lynn

  2. Ducks n a Row says:

    These cookies are so perfect! I want to learn how to do them like these 🙂 A true work of art.
    Pinning and yumming them — oh tweeting, too.
    Would love it if you’d stop by at my party this coming Tues eve 7pm ET to share this post. My readers will love it, too!
    Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row

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