My daughters love helping me in the kitchen here and there especially when the menu is their favorite cookies. They would always say "I want to help you, mommy" and they get really excited to help in every step.
They aren't only love to help bake cookies but they are also love to eat them too, of course. These cookies taste really delicious with flavors of vanilla and almond extract mixed together is make its flavor super outstanding. It's also a fun decorating cookies activity that I will spend time and catch up with them. Total time of preparing would take around 1 hour. It seems long but time always go quick when I see my kids helping, chit chat, giggling, laughing, and have a smiley face when they got to eat the cookies they bake their own.
Menu Ingredients Make for 12 Cookies
Sugar Cookies Ingredients
2 and 1/4 cups of All Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon of Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon of Salt
3/4 cup (1 and 1/5 sticks) of Salted Butter, softened to room temperature cut in small pieces
3/4 cup of Granulated Sugar
1 large Egg at room temperature
2 teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Almond Extract (optional but makes the flavor outstanding)
Sugar Cookies Preparation
Preheat oven at 350 Fahrenheit degrees and preparing baking sheet with a placement paper.
Preparing dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl with flour, baking powder, and salt. Mixed well then added soften butter.
Hand on mashed well with dry ingredients until all the crumbs get into the flour.
Added sugar then mixed well with a flat spatula.
Added beaten egg, vanilla, and almond extract. I will still using a silicon spatula mixing all ingredients then I will use my hand to mashup until it look like a dough.
Wrap plastic wrap to let it sit for about 15 to 30 minutes or can store in refrigerator for over night. So you can make ahead one day before use.
Unwrap and put on a flat surface and start to roll to make it even about 3/4 centimeter thick then shape them with shapes you want. I used Christmas shapes this time since it is Christmas season.
Bake the cookies for 11 to 12 minutes. When the cookies done, gently removed from the baking sheet to the cooling rack and let it cool for about 5 minutes.
Decorating the cookies with Royal Icing and ready to serve.
When cookies completely cooled transfer to airtight container and it will good for 2 weeks.
Royal Icing Ingredients
1/2 cups of Salted Butter, soften at room temperature
1 cup of Powder Sugar
1/2 teaspoon of Cornstarch
2 to 3 tablespoons of Milk
1/2 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
Royal Icing Preparation
Using hand mixing and a medium mixing bowl, mixed butter well then added powder sugar 1/4 cup at a time then cornstarch.
Using silicon spatula mixing with milk and vanilla extract. Separation in small mixing bowl and added food coloring as your desire.
After mixed the color then transfer to the decorating tube and decorating over the cookies.
Let's cookies set for about 15 minutes before serve with afternoon tea.