Thursday, November 3, 2011

Deluxe Sugar Cookies - YUM!

Every year when I was a child, my mom would make these homemade Deluxe Sugar Cookies.  I remember watching her roll out the dough, cut out the shapes and then I would anxiously await them being done so my brother, sister and I could frost them.  It is a great memory from my childhood.  And it is a memory that I am passing along to my own children.

These cookies are light and fluffy, yet have a little crunch around the edges.  They are my all time favorite.  I frost them with an almond butter cream frosting.

Deluxe Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar

Mix together butter, powdered sugar, egg, vanilla and almond.  Add in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.  Mix well.  Place dough on a piece of plastic wrap, wrap it up tight, place it in the refrigerator 2-3 hours.

On a lightly floured surface, roll 1/2 of the dough at a time 1/8 inch thick.  Cut into desired shapes.

Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes or till edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned.  Cool cookies on a rack or paper towel.

Almond Butter Cream Frosting
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp almond extract
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4-1/2 cup milk

Mix butter and almond extract.  Slowly alternate adding powdered sugar and milk.  You want the frosting spreadable, not runny.  You can add more powder sugar if needed.

I will usually separate the frosting into 3-4 small bowls and add food coloring, but for some reason I cannot find my food coloring.  I will definitely have to get more before Christmas.  The kids love using the different colors to decorate the Christmas trees, snowmen, bells and other shapes. 

Hope you enjoy your cookies!


  1. Visiting from the Christmas cookie linkup! These look great- I would love o try that icing!

  2. Thank you for stopping by! I am excited about the Christmas cookie linkup. What a great idea! The icing is wonderful. You can use vanilla instead of the almond extract (that is what my mom used). Personally, I love the almond. Merry Christmas!