Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Almond Sugar Cookies


When I heard we were going to be snowed in the weekend before last, I knew I wanted to take the opportunity to finally try out some of the endless treats I'd been saving on Pinterest (you can follow my boards here).  Anything with almond and/or vanilla always peeks my interest as well as anything easy so I made some almond sugar cookies that did not disappoint. 

The dough was ready in minutes and they only needed about eight minutes of baking time so I whipped them up while our appetizers were cooking so they could cool while we had a happy hour for the two of us.  The recipe yields about probably between 40-50 cookies so if you need to make a bunch quickly, this is for you.  I ended up pouring out some of the batter just so we weren't tempted with too many extra cookies lying around.

The house smelled great, the warm cookies tasted delicious and I'll definitely be remembering and reusing this recipe.  If you're still looking for something to bake for Valentine's Day you could throw some sprinkles on these and be good to go. 

I was moving quickly and missed the part about the cake flour in the ingredients list (the recipe I followed without it is below) so mine weren't quite as fluffy and were more flat but I loved the taste so I'd probably not change a thing again next time.


Ingredients:
+ 1 1/2 cup white sugar
+ 2/3 cup butter
+ 2/3 cup shortening
+ 2 eggs
+ 2 teaspoon almond extract
+ 2 1/5 cups flour
+ 2 teaspoon cornstarch
+ 2 teaspoon baking powder
+ 1 teaspoon salt
+ sugar for dipping

Directions:
1. Mix together the sugar, butter and shortening.
2. Add the eggs and almond extract into the mixture.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch and packing powder until blended
4. Pour the dry mixture into the eggs/butter mixture.
5. Roll dough into small balls, rolling in sugar before placing on the baking sheet
6. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees
7. Allow to cool and enjoy!

32 comments:

  1. Sugar cookies are my favorite - I'm not the best baker but hopefully I can tackle this! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Yum! I love baking but don't need cookies sitting around that I will want to eat. Ha ha! I send them twirl with Drew to get them out of the house. :)

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  3. These sound yummy! I'm with Jessica tho...they can't be around my house or Ill be too tempted haha

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  4. Omg when I got snowed in I totally bought some Pillsbury dough to make cookies! Too often I don't make them from scratch!! I need to get back in the habit! Love sugar cookies and Oooo mixing the almond extract must make these super yummy!!! =)

    Have a great day! Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

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  5. Ahh almond anything is my favorite! Love this recipe and I can't wait to try it!!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

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  6. YUMMMMMMM I'm obsessed with almond flavored anything, these look delish! Perfect treat to make while being snowed in <3
    Green Fashionista

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  7. almond and sugar = like two of my fav things. girl you're gonna need to stop teasing me with your incredible recipes on this darn blog haha. jk keep posting! :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  8. Yum! I bet your house really did smell great! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

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  9. These cookies look delicious and I'm sure that your house smelled amazing!!! I haven't baked cookies in forever, so thanks for sharing this recipe! :-)

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  10. Oh how I adore the almond twist on these awesome sugar cookies!! Definitely going into my baking rotation. Have a wonderful day!!

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  11. They look so yummy! I might have to make some!

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  12. Sugar cookies are my absolute favorite!

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  13. Ohh these sounds amazing! I LOVE sugar cookies!

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  14. Yum!!! On a side note, we have the same back splash!! :)

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  15. These look great! I actually have almond extract in my pantry - I need to make these!

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  16. Yum! These look so good - definitely saving the recipe for later!

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  17. I LOVE almond everything, and what a fun twist on a basic sugar cookie! I think I might make the giant batch and then freeze some. I've found that cookies freeze really well and it's so easy to just pop a few out of the freezer at a time. That way you don't have to worry about eating 40 cookies in a few days to keep them from going bad. Hehe.

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  18. Oh man, I LOVE almond flavoring in desserts. You seriously have to try my cousin's cookies with the almond recipe she uses - she owns a custom cookie business so they are gorgeous too!

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  19. Definitely trying these! I love adding almond extract to cakes and frosting...these will be great!

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  20. Snow is the perfect excuse to do some baking! I love almond cookies, just add a warm cup of coffee and a good book and you have my perfect winter afternoon.

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  21. I'm doing a sugar detox right now, but these definitely caught my attention too. I might try to make a sugar free version. Uh oh! Haha

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  22. I love sugar cookies! These sound delicious and easy. My daughter is starting to get REALLY into cooking and baking right now. These would be great to make with her. I'm going to pin them. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Those cookies sound and look amazing! And I probably wouldn't have guessed that they needed to be more fluffy, they still look delicious to me!

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  24. I'm a fan of sugar cookies and I'm sure the almond adds a nice flavor. I can't tell you the last time I baked any kind of cookies?!

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  25. Oh my gosh, yumm!!!! Definitely saving this and whipping up some next week for vday treats for my coworkers.

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  26. Yum, these sound so good - adding almond extract is such a great idea!

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  27. I am so impressed that you made these yourself!

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  28. These sound delicious!!! Totally pinning for later!!

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