December 8, 2010

winter treats #1: best-ever sugar cookies

my sister lesliann gave me this recipe in my family cookbook when we got married.
i've been waiting and waiting to make them until christmas time, and last weekend i had the opportunity to try them.
can you say delicious?!!?
there is something about almond extract that is addicting to me.
i'm weird sometimes.
the recipe is easy and you make it ahead of time so it's a win-win!

Best Ever Sugar Cookies
1 c. sugar
1 c. butter, softened (2 sticks)
4 oz. cream cheese (half a brick)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 1/4 c. flour
directions: in your mixing bowl, combine sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, almond extract, vanilla, and egg yolk. Beat with paddle attachment (if using your kitchen aid mixer) until smooth. Stir in flour until well-blended. CHILL the dough for 6-8 hours.
On a lightly floured surface, split dough into thirds and roll out dough one section at a time (refrigerate dough not being used until ready to roll out). Cut into desired shapes and place onto ungreased cookie sheet. 
Bake for 7-10 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden brown. cool completely before frosting.


emily said...

mmm they look so good! i love christmas cookies. :)

Hayley Jo Reese said...

Hay you don't even know how much I love food pictures! Haha really though, I love all the recipes you post and I love your blog and your life and your style. And just everything. :)