I made some hearts for Valentine's Day, and decorated them with Royal Icing (yes, this took me some time and patience.) But I was really happy with the result!
Sugar Cookies1 1/2 c. butter - yes, 3 sticks!
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar1/2 c. powdered sugar
4 eggs1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract (I omitted, but I'm sure it would be better with)1 Tbsp lemon zest
5 c. flour2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.2. Cream butter and sugars in a mixer for 5 minutes.
3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly.4. Add vanilla, almond, and lemon zest.
5. Sift in flour, baking powder, and salt a little at a time. Do not over mix, this process should take about one minute.6. Chill dough for up to a week in the fridge, or roll out and cut right away.
7. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and bake cookies for 7-8 minutes. Wait until cookies are cooled before icing. I found that this recipe made ~45 medium-sized, thick cookies.
I use this royal icing recipe. I outlined each cookie, then filled, then went back and wrote the words once the other icing was dry.REVIEW:
Some people thought these were bought from a professional bakery (thanks mom!). They are the perfect cookie, and a recipe I will always keep on hand. Delicious, too!