The Best Vanilla Almond Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

This year I tried my new favorite sugar cookie recipe. A friend recently made them and I couldn’t. stop. eating them. Vanilla Almond Sugar Cut-Out Cookies | Five Marigolds

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!

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Vanilla Almond Sugar Cut Out Cookies | Five Marigolds

My friend passed the (unsourced) recipe to me but I made one key addition – almond extract.Vanilla Almond Sugar Cut Out Cookies | Five Marigolds

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

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 Cut-Out Cookies | Five Marigolds

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 Cut Out Cookies | 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 Cut Out Cookies | Five Marigolds

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


  • 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


  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.

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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