Making Christmas Cookies

Originally uploaded by ted_major

The family recipe for making Christmas cookies. The secret’s the almond extract: don’t think of making them without it.

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 1/2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 400F. Cream butter and sugar; beat in eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Mix flour salt, and baking powder together, then work into butter-sugar mix. Wrap in foil and chill until firm. Roll a small amount at a time to about 1/8″ thick. Cut out with cookie cutters. Place on a greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat) and bake 5-8 minutes. Cool on a rack.

Ice with a mix of confectioners’ sugar, a few drops of almond extract, milk, and food coloring, mixed to a spreading consistency. Add sprinkles as desired and let dry.