Is there anything better than heart shaped sugar cookies frosted every shade of pink? I have been in full project mode lately, so I decided to have a Valentine’s sugar cookie day with my two favorite baking buddies. I love sugar cookies with almond extract. To me it is the secret ingredient to the perfect sugar cookie. If you like soft sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting, then this recipe is for you! Helpers not included 🙂
Sugar cookie dough ingredients
2 cups butter softened
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 teaspoon almond extract
5 teaspoon baking powder
6 cups flour
1. Combine butter and sugar using a mixer. Add in all wet ingredients and continue mixing .In a separate bowl, combine baking powder and flour. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet batter until you have reached desired dough consistency. I use a kitchen aid for this process.
2. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
4. Roll out dough to about 1/4 thickness. cut out desired shapes (in this case hearts) and Bake for *6-7 minutes at 375. *I like my cookies extra soft and chewy so I bake mine for 5 minutes.
Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
2 packages of cream cheese softened or1 pound.
1 1/2 cups of butter softened or 3 sticks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar
*Mix together in mixer.
*For pink Icing I used 1 drop red food coloring for lightest shade, 3 for medium pink, and 6 for darkest pink. Add some fun festive sprinkles and your valentines heart shaped sugar cookies are set!
*Note: Both the dough and frosting recipes are doubled. I usually freeze half the dough and frosting to use at a later time. For example, I made this batch of frosting and cookie dough at Christmas.
* I know a lot of bakers prefer unsalted butter, but I like using salted butter for both frosting & cookies.
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