Daria’s Best-Ever Sugar Cookies
Total TimePrep: 2 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
Makesabout 13-1/2 dozen
- 1/2 cup almond paste
- 4 large egg yolks
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 1-3/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 tablespoons meringue powder
- 1/3 cup water
- Food coloring, coarse sugar and assorted sprinkles, optional
- In a large bowl, beat almond paste and egg yolks until crumbly. Add butter, sugar and salt; beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and mix well. Divide into four portions; shape each into a ball, then flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.
- Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- For frosting, beat confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and water until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Color frosting if desired. Frost cookies; decorate with coarse sugar and sprinkles if desired. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.
Editor's NoteMeringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit wilton.com.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 55 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 25mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.
Dec 3, 2014
Everyone says their sugar cookies are the "Best Ever", however, this one is it for me. I've made sugar cookies every Christmas but this is the one I keep going back to. The flavor is delicate and the dough really stands up to rolling and cutting shapes - easy to work with. I get many compliments with this one!
Aug 19, 2013
We loved these sugar cookies! Turned out so good!
Dec 22, 2012
I line my cookie sheets with parchment paper. Cookies do not stick to the paper. And, it makes it so easy to transfer hot cookies to a cooling rack. My cookies do not burn when I bake them on parchment paper.
Dec 24, 2011
Great flavor for this cookie! I would suggest working with the dough quickly since it gets sticky as it warms. Use cookie cutters that don't have intricate parts since the dough can get stuck in them. I used basic shapes like trees, snow flakes and stars.
Dec 22, 2011
These are just awesome. The taste is something you just cant get with almond extract. Few ingedients and super easy. You do need to leave them on the pan for 2 minutes. It will help with the falling apart.
Jan 4, 2011
This was the best sugar cookie recipe! I followed the recipe and they came out perfect. I rolled to 1/4" and didn't over cook so they where nice and soft with slight crunch.I received many compliments and requests for this recipe ( I referred them to the Taste of Home website). This is the recipe I will reach for when I have to make cut out cookies for the holidays.
Dec 30, 2010
My only deviation was to add slightly more almond paste because the recipe said to beat paste & yolks "until crumbly" - it was liquidy and never did get to "crumbly" at that step. Chilled dough was very firm but rolled nicely and was really easy to handle (didn't stick to table & rolling pin). But the baked cookies were so fragile that just picking them up caused them to break. I never did frost them, for that reason. Delicious, but broken cookies don't make a nice presentation.
Nov 27, 2010
These were so easy to put together and roll out. Perfect consistency. The taste is out-of-this-world! The best I have ever had. They are light and flaky and so DELICIOUS! I recommend everyone to try these.