Tonight’s recipe is courtesy of Pinterest! From the blog, Confections from the Cody Kitchen, these soft almond sugar cookies are some of the best I’ve ever had. I’m talking unbelievably soft, slightly chewy, packed with almond flavor (which I LOVE), don’t require rolling and cutting and don’t even need frosting! Does it get much better than that?! I think not! I never thought I’d find a sugar cookie that wasn’t in some way enhanced with the addition of fluffy, dreamy buttercream but these cookies simply don’t need it. Now you could always skip the step of rolling them in sugar and go ahead and make frosting but I’m just telling ya right now, save yourself the trouble. You’ve got better things to do.
I did of course make a few minor changes to the original recipe (which is reflected in the recipe I’ve posted). I can’t help myself. I thought the almond flavor wasn’t quite cutting it so I added a LOT more to my batter, but you do what suits you. They’ll be fabulous no matter what.
- 1½ c. Sugar
- 1½ sticks Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
- ⅔ c. Shortening
- 2 Large Eggs, at room temperature
- 3 T. Pure Almond Extract
- 2¾ c. Cake Flour
- 1 c. All-Purpose Flour
- 1 T. Cornstarch
- 2 t. Baking Powder
- ½ t. Salt
- Coarse Sanding Sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together sugar, butter and shortening until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs and almond extract and mix just until combined. In a medium bowl, whisk together cake flour, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and beat on medium speed just until flour is incorporated. Turn dough out onto a large piece of plastic wrap, wrap tightly, place in an air-tight container and refrigerate for one hour or overnight (which is what I did).
- Roll dough into 2" balls, about the size of a golf ball and roll in sanding sugar. Place on baking sheets about two inches apart and bake for 12 minutes, rotating pans and switching racks halfway through. Let cool on pans for two minutes and then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Store in an air-tight container.