Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lemon-Almond Sugar Cookies

Lemon-Almond Sugar Cookies 


4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
zest of 1 lemon

Almond Frosting:
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon almond extract


In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Using a mixer, cream together the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time until well incorporated. Add the milk, almond extract and lemon zest. Mix until creamy. Slowly add the flour mixture until well blended. Chill in the fridge for 30-60 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to desired thickness (I like mine a bit thicker). Cut out into desired shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes, less if you like them softer, more if you like them crispier.

For the Frosting:
Using a mixer, mix the cream cheese and butter until well blended and creamy. Add 2 cups of the sugar, milk, and almond extract. Blend until smooth. Slowly add the remaining sugar until smooth and creamy.
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