Mary's Sugar Cookies

    2 hours 23 minutes

    A very good sugar cookie with a hint of almond flavor. Can be made into hearts and decorated in pink or red sugar for Valentine's Day.

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    Makes: 30 biscuits

    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 cups siftedicing sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1/4 cup sugar, for decoration

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:8min  ›  Extra time:2hours chilling  ›  Ready in:2hours23min 

    1. In a large bowl cream together the butter and icing sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and stir in the vanilla and almond extract. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar then blend into the creamed mixture. Cover and chill for at least two hours.
    2. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. Grease 2 baking trays.
    3. Divide the dough into two parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece of the dough out to 1/2cm in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 5cm apart on the prepared baking trays. Sprinkle cookies with plain or colored sugar.
    4. Bake for 8 minutes in the preheated oven until lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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    This is exactly the sugar cookie recipe I was looking for. Light, flaky, slightly crisp, but not crunchy. Perfect flavor with the vanilla and almond extracts. This is definitely a keeper for those who like a traditional sugar cookie. For those who like thick, soft cookies, you'll want to try something else.  -  28 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Good recipe- just have to adjust the baking time and temp. Mine were browning around the edges after 5 minutes, making them too crunchy and hard. Sugar cookies should be tender and soft, in my opinion. After turning down the heat to 350 and baking for only 6 minutes, these were perfect. I prefer sugar cookies using powdered sugar instead of granulated- I think it makes them more soft and tender. Frosted with luscious buttercream frosting from this site.  -  23 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is the best sugar cookie recipe ever! Until I found this recipe my cookies came out dry and flavorless. I didn't have almond extract so I only used vanilla extract which I added a little extra. I also Rolled the dough between wax paper to avoid excess flour to dry them out. These cookies are fabulous!  -  24 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)