i have a very handy dad. when i was growing up he worked in a woodworking shop and my grandfather had a homebuilding business so he knows his way around a tool box. he also studied computers and is now working in the IT field… so any time i need something fixed, he’s only a phone call away.
that being said… usually when he comes over i get the same question…. “you have any cookies/cupcakes/snacks?” the past couple of times, the answer has been nope but this time i was prepared. i knew i’d get the question, especially now that i’ve started the blog. this time, the cookies were waiting for him.
i initially found this cookie recipe after browsing a blog that a friend of mine sent me a different recipe from, because that’s what i do. you see. i love cookies. really i love anything sweet, i’m not too particular. but i love cookies. they are the perfect little single serve sweet and they can be anything and everything you want them to be. from the simple and classic chocolate chip cookie to kitchen sink cookies. they can be rolled and cut into shapes or just simple drop cookies. i mean there are so many delicious kinds that the possibilities are endless.
so back to these cookies that were waiting for dad….
first of all, the picture just looked delicious. i wanted to eat them through my computer screen. second of all, they have almond extract. i love almond flavoring. a classic white wedding cake flavored wedding cake is by far my all-time favorite cake. i get bummed at weddings when people don’t go traditional. but so these cookies were all things i was excited about…. classic drop sugar cookie meets classic wedding cake flavor. i was hooked before i even attempted them. and these little jewels didn’t disappoint. they were amazing. i mean seriously. they are definitely going to go in the keep pile. in fact… i brought some extras to said friend who introduced me to site and her sister was rather excited. she texted while we were at the saints game and showed who’s hand was stealing cookies out the cookie jar (or resealable plastic bag but who can really tell the difference?)…
so here’s the run down:
almond glazed sugar cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 4-5 tsp water
- sliced almonds (optional)
- preheat oven to 400F. combine butter, sugar, 1 tsp almond extract, flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
- drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls (this is where it’s SUPER handy to have a cookie scoup in your kitchen!), 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. flatten balls to 1/4 in thickness with the bottom of a buttered glass dipped in sugar. bake 7-9 minutes until the edges are very lightly browned. cool 1 minute and remove from cookie sheet to rack to cool completely.
- combine powdered sugar, 1 tsp almond extract and water in a small bowl and whisk. (the mixture shouldn’t be too stiff but you also don’t want it runny. if you are unsure, i would err on the side of stiffer). decorate cookies with glaze and sliced almonds, if using.
this would be a good donation to a tailgate and you could dye your glaze purple and gold! i promise. they will disappear before you can say “almond glazed sugar cookies”….