the perfect sugar cookie.

baking cookies brings great joy to me.
i love lighting spice scented candles and whisking away in my kitchen.
slippers on. apron on. fave music on.
now that is a recipe for a great afternoon.

most of my cookie recipes are simple.
simple ingredients. simple instructions. simple presentation.
however, this latest recipe is not for the faint of heart.
but well worth the time, energy, and the big mess.

look at these beauties.

aren't they just the prettiest christmas snowflakes you ever did see?!

this recipe will surely be a staple in my go-to cookie book.
they are delicious. and beautiful.
it will be such a joy to change the shapes with the changing seasons.

iced sugar cookies.
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons brandy {i used water}
1/2 teaspoon vanilla {i used 1/4 vanilla, 1/4 almond}

1 cup confectioners sugar
1 egg white
almond extract to taste

sift together the dry ingredients.
in a seperate bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
add egg, brandy/water, vanilla and beat well.
add dry ingredients a bit at a time.
wrap dough and chill for at least thirty minutes.
{dough rolls out and cuts better when it is very cold}

preheat oven to 400.
flour board and roll out dough.
recipe calls for dough to be 1/8 inch thick,
but a softer cookie will come from making it a bit thicker.
cut out shapes.
transfer them to a baking sheet & parchment paper.
bake for ten minutes.
watch very, very carefully,
as they will brown easily.
allow cookies to cool completely on a rack.

mix icing ingredients until smooth.
spread on cookies.
sprinkle as you wish.

this was so much fun to do. 
and they are truly divine.
the almond extract gives such great flavor.

if you try this recipe out, send me a picture of your decorated cookies! 

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