- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups cake flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
- Red paste food coloring, optional
- Miniature semisweet chocolate chips and red-hot candies
- In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
- Divide dough into thirds; flatten each portion into a circle. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-1/2-in. gingerbread boy cookie cutter; place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough; chill and reroll scraps.
- Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
- In a small bowl, beat the confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Tint a portion red if desired. Decorate cookies as desired with icing, chocolate chips and red-hots. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Reviews for Scrumptious Sugar Cookies
"This is just the best sugar cookie! It is not to thick and has great flavor. I loved working with the dough. I made all my Easter cookies for a bake sale and decorated them with this recipe. They turned out beautiful. Thank you!"
"Absolutely, hands down THE BEST sugar cookie I have ever made. The only problem.. I couldn't keep these cookies on the plate. I will definitely use this recipe through out the year."
"Oh My Goodness. My first thought when I read this was cake flour? But it makes such a HUGE difference! The sugar cookies that I used to make came out a little harder. These are so soft and moist! And I love the almond extract, it adds a little extra "smell good" to them! I have finally found a sugar cookie recipe that I can stick with!! Thank you so much! (and I'm sure the teachers will love them too!!)"
"mssmith0327 - Imperial Sugar is just a brand name for regular granulated sugar. Any brand of granulated sugar will work just the same."
"Can I use regular sugar, and in the same amount as the Imperial Sugar?"