Basic Sugar Cookies And Basic Almond Buttercream Frosting Recipe by Meredith F - Musely
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Basic Sugar Cookies And Basic Almond Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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  • For the Cookies:

    2 cups of butter, softened
    2 cups of sugar
    2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon of almond extract
    2 eggs
    4 teaspoons baking powder
    6 cups flour
    For the Frosting:

    2 Cups shortening
    1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    8 Cups powdered sugar
    1/8 Cup heavy cream (more or less to desired consistency)
    food coloring, if desired

  • For the Cookies:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
    Beat in extracts and eggs.
    In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.

  • DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
    Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

  • For the Frosting:

    In the bowl of your mixer beat shortening until smooth and creamy.
    Mix in vanilla (and almond extract if using).
    Add powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) until combined, then add cream & mix until smooth and spreading consistency. Adjust cream to desired frosting thickness
    Add a few drops of color, if desired.


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