Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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An Affair with Almond Extract

I had seen this sugar cookie recipe on Annie's blog and put it on my baking to do list. The thought of adding almond extract intrigued me but I had been too cheap to actually buy almond extract. I finally broke down this weekend and bought the extract. I was in love with the scent. Not only are almonds good to eat, but they smell fantastic. Little did I know that I was about to embark on a new food affair. I made the dough, and as I usually do, I tasted it. The first word that came to mind? Sinful. I thought I was doing something horribly wrong. I mean, it had to be wrong to enjoy this dough as much as I did. I was afraid to tell Alex how good the dough was because I was afraid he would want to eat some too. I didn't want to share and I wanted to keep it my little secret. As if the dough was not good enough, the baked cookies were even better. I could not get over how amazing the cookies smelled and how they tasted so strongly of the almond extract. This might just be my go to recipe for sugar cookies now.

Ella's White Sugar Cookies
Source: Annie's Eats (here)

Yields 40 cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups sifted flour

Cream butter and add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, extracts, salt and flour.

Chill dough until firm. Roll to 1/4-inch thickness on a floured surface and cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes (cookies should not brown). Remove from oven, cool to room temperature and decorate.


Decorated for Halloween.



Annie said...

These are the best sugar cookies! I'm glad you enjoyed them. It really is the almond that does the trick.

Tracey said...

Annie got me hooked on this sugar cookie recipe too! I'm not even a huge fan of almonds but the almond extract is perfect in these cookies!

Jessica H said...

Those sound great! I've been having a love affair with almond extract for years now. I will have to try these cookies.

(and hi from a fellow Boston blogger)