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Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies

Snowflake Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookie Recipe

Does anyone else feel like the perfect sugar cookie is a mythical creature? You know exactly what I’m talking about, the kind of cookie that melts in your mouth, is perfectly soft and tender and full of a rich and buttery flavor?

I have good news and I have bad news.

The good news is I’ve found it.

The bad news is that I gave them all away and didn’t save more for myself. Note to self: next time, be more selfish.

These cookies are the be-all and end-all of sugar cookies. I love the addition of almond (as you well know I am a sucker for anything almond). Plus, it’s a perfect use for that vanilla sugar you’ve been storing (or in my case, a wee bit leftover from that delicious peach pie I made this summer). Rolled nice and thick, they stay soft and hold their shape when baked.

This is also the 3rd royal icing recipe I’ve tried (so far I’ve made it with egg white, royal icing mix, and now meringue powder). While I loved the consistency and pipe-ability of this batch the most, I did have a small issue with it slightly separating a day or two after decorating the cookies (after I had taken photos, luckily). It was very subtle, but there was a slightly off-colored border around the edges of the cookies. Did I not beat it enough? Beat it too much? Only one way to know for sure… make more cookies!

Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen 3-inch cookies. Recipe from Bake at 350.

Ingredients:

3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, cold
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 batch royal icing

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.

The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling.

On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4" thick sheet, and cut into desired shapes. Place shapes on parchment or silpat lined baking sheets. Place entire baking sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes (this step is important in helping the cookies keep their shapes nice and clean). Remove and bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until edges are just barely starting to turn golden. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely prior to decorating.

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  1. 1
    Posted On December 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I’ll have to make some of these for the next holiday…Valentine’s.I have cookie burn out right now!
    I hadn’t thought about putting the cut cookies in the freezer before baking. That is a fantastic idea!
    Merry Christmas Lindsay!

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    Kate
    Posted On December 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Beautiful! What snowflake cookie cutters do you use?

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  3. 3
    Posted On December 22, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    GORGEOUS! I seriously admire your patience, I just don’t have it in me to do these elaborate decorations.

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    Posted On December 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    i have been using this same recipe from bake@350 for a long time now….and it is PERFECT every time!!! i use one whole vanilla bean instead of extract and just add a little bit of water! SO freaking good!!!

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  5. 5
    Posted On December 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Those are absolutely gorgeous! They look so dainty and delicious- I love almond as well. :)

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    Posted On December 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    The perfect sugar cookie is definitely mythical, as you say. I can’t tell you how beautiful these are. Happy holidays!

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  7. 7
    Posted On December 22, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Those cookies are too perfect to eat.
    :-) Mandy

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  8. 8
    Posted On December 23, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Your snowflakes look so pretty!

    I’m glad you liked the cookies…..I just finished decorating a batch too! :)

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    • Posted On December 23, 2010 at 10:41 am

      Thank you Bridget! I aspire to your decorating prowess. :) Learning as I go!

  9. 9
    Posted On December 23, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Wow; they are really lovely. You really have patience to perfect anything you cook. Tnx for sharing :D

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    Tiffany
    Posted On December 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Love these cookies!

    XOXO,

    http://outfitid.com/

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  11. 11
    Posted On December 24, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Wow. These are absolutely stunning! Great color combo and such beautiful piping.

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  12. 12
    Posted On December 27, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Oh, I would almost not dare to eat those beauties!

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  13. 13
    Posted On January 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Que maravillosas galletas,el color las hace más finas ,me encantó el blog,y me quedo mirando las otras recetitas que son muy buenas,FELIZ AÑO NUEVO,un gran abrazo de una Chilena de corazón.

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  14. 14
    Posted On January 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    These looks so amazing! I love finding new sugar cookie recipes, I definitely will try this one. :)

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  15. 15
    Posted On January 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

    The same thing happened to me. I spent quite a while making chocolate truffles, only to find that there weren’t enough to leave some at home. Your cookies look great! Your icing skills are phenomenal.

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    Elizabeth
    Posted On December 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Great recipe!… I added thinly sliced almonds and sprinkled sugar on top.

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    soberine
    Posted On January 8, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Perfect color & shape! I bet they will taste wonderful as their looks. :)

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    kristen Rizzo
    Posted On June 22, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I find this cookie dough to not only be crumbly when mixing, but dry after baked. They are great fresh from the oven, but after a day of sitting even with RI on them, they are dry. I definitely did not overbake. I don’t know other people’s methods for making these, but I stopped using this recipe and made up my own using less flour, and less baking powder, plus a bit more butter.

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    Slippery Sponge
    Posted On December 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Totally LOVE this. And i am slippery sponge  on poptropica. <3

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    Laurie
    Posted On December 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Made some of these last night and used a friend of mine’s frosting recipe that has a baking business and I have to say these are awesome cookies! I just love the almond flavor!

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