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My Favorite Sugar Cookies

  • Total Time: 17 minutes


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 23 tablespoons half-n-half or cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • Food color, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter, sugars, extracts and eggs until light and fluffy (about 2 mins.).
  3. Add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Mix until well combined.
  4. On a lightly floured counter, roll out 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick.
  5. Bake on lined cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes, or until bottoms just barely turn golden brown. They will look slightly underbaked. Cool and frost.


  1.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat 2 cups of the powdered sugar, the butter, half-n-half, vanilla, and salt in the bowl until they are smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Gradually add the remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and beat until the frosting is a good spreading consistency, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl often (you made need to add more cream). Add food coloring if using. Mix well.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Cookies